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President Mattarella: «Today I'm a New Yorker»



President Mattarella: «Today I'm a New Yorker»

The President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, met with the Italian community yesterday at the Guggenheim Museum. The Governor of the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo, was also present.

The Head of State once again thanked “the Italian and Italian-American community for the warm welcome extended to me on the occasion of my first visit to the United States.” President Mattarella, in many parts of this speech, once again underlined how close the bonds between Italy and the US were, and noted that these were the product of comprehensive and close-knit political, economic and cultural ties.

President Mattarella emphasized that “the city of New York has long represented an important point of arrival for Italians seeking a better life than what our country had to offer in 19th century, or in the aftermath of the two World Wars.” “America”, he added, “has always opened its doors to them, thereby showing that acceptance and integration are the backbone of any society which calls itself truly democratic, strong and free.”

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Courtesy translation