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Political Cooperation

 

Political Cooperation

The relations between Italy and Iceland, also in the political field, are traditionally very friendly. The two countries have similar and often convergent positions on most major international issues. Both countries are members of NATO and major international organizations.

Bilateral political contacts, intensified between 2008 (visit to Rome by then Foreign Minister Gisladottir) and 2009 (meeting in Rome between then Foreign Minister Frattini and his Icelandic counterpart Skarphéðinsson; visit to Reykjavík of then Secretary of State Mantica, have subsequently become rarefied, also in the light of a certain "withdrawal" of Iceland, consequent to the severe financial crisis of 2009-2011.

On 2 June 2011, the President of the Republic Grímsson participated in the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy.

On 9 November 2012, the meeting between the Minister for Industry and Innovation of Iceland, Steingrímur J. Sigfússon and the Minister of the Economy, Vittorio Grilli, took place in Rome. Foreign Minister Sveinsson paid a visit to Rome on June 25, 2015, during which he met with Foreign Minister Gentiloni.

In February 2018 the General Secretary Amb. Elisabetta Belloni met in Rome with her Icelandic counterpart, Amb. Sturla Sigurjonsson.

The last Italian state visit to Iceland is that of President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro and dates back to June 1997.


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