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Political relations


Political relations

Ever since diplomatic ties were first established between United Nations in 1861, relations between our two countries – which are joined by deep historical, social and cultural roots – have prospered and grown.

Exchanges between the Italian Enlightenment and the Founding Fathers, similarities in our Nations’ respective paths to self-determination, the presence of a large, skilled Italian and Italian-American community in the US, our Countries’ common outlook and values – promotion of freedom, peace, democracy, justice, global security, and solidarity - are just some of the elements which helped us to forge a solid alliance, built around the fundamental pillars of the United Nations, NATO and Euro-Atlanticism.

In the United Nations our two Countries play a key role in the defense of peace and global security, and contribute to the political debate regarding key international issues. As a testament to such commitment Italy holds the 2018 Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, a multilateral forum on European and transatlantic security. Last year Italy held a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council and the Presidency of the G7, playing a crucial role on the global scene. Italy was the first European country visited by President Trump, who also participated in the G7 Summit of Taormina.

Italy and the United States are both members of the Atlantic Alliance, a fact which has strengthened our partnership in confronting global security challenges, and has highlighted Italy’s critical role above all in the Mediterranean and neighboring areas.

In addition, Italy and the United States participate together in many peace-keeping and security operations world-wide. With over 6,000 troops deployed in areas of crisis, Italy contributes significantly, both in terms of human and financial resources, to achieving the goals set by the United Nations, NATO and the European Union.

The frequent bilateral meetings between high-level government representatives serve as a concrete testimony of the close ties joining Italy and the United States.