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The Ambassador of Italy to the United States Armando Varricchio’s visit to Texas (March 6-11, 2018)



The Ambassador of Italy to the United States Armando Varricchio’s visit to Texas (March 6-11, 2018)

The Ambassador of italy to the US Armando Varricchio just concluded a visit to Dallas, Whichita Falls, and Austin Texas. All the meetings were a confirmation of the excellent relationship between the US, and particularly Texas, and Italy. “Cooperation in the military, security, and cultural field and the strong economic connections, are the pillars of a robust and energetic relation which continues to grow. A recent example is the presence of Italian companies and startups at the SXSW Festival in Austin,” the Ambassador said.

In Dallas, Ambassador Varricchio participated as a guest speaker in an event organized by the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. He visited several artistic and cultural institutions, among them the Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Dallas Museum of Arts – which has just renewed an agreement to borrow some Italian art pieces, including a few Etruscan artifacts – and the 6th Floor Museum. In Dallas Ambassador Varricchio met American Airlines CEO Doug Parker, with whom he could talk also about the many direct flights that connect Italy and the US, from Dallas too.

In Whichita Falls, together with Militar Attaché General Luca Goretti, Ambassador Varricchio visited the Sheppard Air Force Base where a contingent of Italian pilots is stationed in order to participate to the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program.

In Austin, Ambassador Varricchio visited the Italian stand at the SXSW festival, the most popular festival in the US dedicated to music, cinema, and startups visited every year by 100,000 visitors from 75 Countries. Among others, the startups Adam's Hand, Digital Mosaic, and Tactile Robots were representing Italy side by side with 15 groups selected by FIMI (Italian Music Industry Federation). “Also in the United States, the homeland of scientific and technological innovation, the presence of Italian highly qualified and competitive startups confirms the excellency the vitality of entrepeneurship in our Country,” said Ambassador Varricchio.