27 February 2024
I would like to express my heartfelt felicitations on the release of our three compatriots who were kidnapped in Mali in 2022: Rocco Langone, his wife Maria Donata Caivano and their son Giovanni. I also wish to thank AISE for its extraordinary work which, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made it possible to achieve this difficult result.
27 February 2024
The Conference organised by President Macron in Paris yesterday, with the participation of Deputy Minister Cirielli, provided an opportunity to reaffirm Italy’s full commitment to supporting Ukraine in its fight to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Since Russia’s aggression two years ago, there has been full unity among all Allies regarding the support to be offered to Kyiv. This support does not provide for the presence of troops from European or NATO Countries on Ukrainian territory.
27 February 2024
Rocco Langone, his wife Maria Donata Caivano and their son Giovanni Langone, the three Italian citizens who were kidnapped from their home on the outskirts of the city of Koutiala, southeast of Bamako, the capital of Mali, on 19 May 2022, were freed last night. This area is particularly infiltrated by jihadist militia; the kidnapping was carried out by a jihadist faction linked to JNIM, the Group to Support Islam and Muslims, associated with al-Qa'ida, which is active in large parts of West Africa.
26 February 2024
The President of the Council of Ministers, Giorgia Meloni, offers her congratulations to Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson after today’s approval by the Hungarian Parliament paves the way for Sweden to become the 32nd member of the Atlantic Alliance. With Sweden’s accession, which Italy has strongly supported from the outset, NATO will become stronger in defending peace and freedom on the European continent.
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