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U.S. and Italy discuss Libya during the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Italy Strategic Dialogue

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WASHINGTON – The United States Department of State released on Tuesday a joint statement following the inaugural meeting of the U.S. – Italy Strategic Dialogue which was held on November 19-20.

According to the statement, the meeting was attended by U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale, U.S. Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Defense Policy David Trachtenberg, Italian Director General for Political and Security Affairs Sebastiano Cardi and Italian Head of the Political-Military Office in the Cabinet of the Minister of Defense Rear Admiral Gianfranco Annunziata.

“The United States and Italy discussed four specific areas of partnership: reinforcing the goal for a stable, unified Libya, and rallying international support for the UN mediation in Libya in the wake of the Palermo Conference; effectively countering terrorist threats to Europe and the United States in coordination with our Allies and coalition partners; improving Europe’s energy security and diversification; and developing and investing in joint and multilateral efforts to improve security and defense cooperation in the Mediterranean region.”

U.S. President Donald Trump and Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte launched the dialogue at the White House on July 30 to focus on improving security and stabilization efforts in the Mediterranean region.

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