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Political relations


Political relations

Ever since diplomatic ties were first established between Italy and the United States, on April 13, 1861, our countries have been joined by deep historical, social and cultural roots.

In 2021, we celebrate the 160th anniversary of these ties, an interesting opportunity to rediscover relations between the Italian Enlightenment and the Founding Fathers of the United States, as well as the reciprocal influence on the development of national institutions and societies. This is something which the large, talented community of Italian origin has undoubtedly contributed to, and which today is enshrined in a system of shared values - the fundamental principles of freedom, peace, democracy, justice, security, stability and solidarity. These are the values which underlie the solid alliance between Italy and the United States, which has been built over the years around the pillars of the United Nations, NATO and Euro-Atlanticism.

There are many crisis zones in which Italy and the United States work side by side to protect the security of our citizens and promote peace and stability. Italy is a key contributor to this commitment, both in terms of human and financial resources. Through the Strategic Dialogue on the Mediterranean instituted in 2018, Italy and the United States have established a close consultation on Libya, counter-terrorism, energy and defense and security issues regarding an area which is crucial for regional and global security.

In October 2019, the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, paid an official visit to Washington and Silicon Valley, further cementing bilateral relations.

Despite the pandemic, 2020 saw many high-level virtual meetings, which enabled the creation of many new forms of collaboration, starting with the Ministerial Meeting of the Anti-Daesh Coalition, co-chaired by Italy.

Starting December 1, 2020, Italy holds the G20 Presidency with an agenda ("People, Planet, and Prosperity") focused on current global challenges, from the pandemic response to economic reconstruction, central priorities for citizens of both countries. Italy works closely with the United States to promote concerted responses with the strong support of the entire international community. Equally, Italy also supports the development of a new Transatlantic Agenda between the European Union and the United States, planned on the basis of our shared democratic values, that will allow the two to join forces in order to address the many common challenges.