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Message of the Ambassador to the Italian community in the US for the Holiday Season.



Message of the Ambassador to the Italian community in the US for the Holiday Season.

Dear friends,

The year that is drawing to a close was marked by many important moments, culminating in the visit of the President of the Republic in October. The official talks at the White House and in Congress, the participation in the First Innovation Forum and meetings with our great community in San Francisco confirmed the strength and uniqueness of the bond between our two countries, based on the values ​​and principles of freedom and democracy enshrined in our wonderful Constitutions.

Moreover, there have been many occasions for high-level meetings at a governmental and parliamentary levels.

Italy and the United States are guided by an unshakable aspiration for peace and the defense of rights, firmly anchored in our membership in the Atlantic Alliance whose 70th anniversary we celebrated this year.

The bond between our people is nurtured and strengthened every day through commercial exchanges that have exceeded 100 billion dollars and through a collaboration in the scientific, technological and space fields which is inspired by the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci and is always aiming at exploring new frontiers for the progress of humanity.

Our cultural relationships have deep roots and are nourished by the love of many Americans for Italian history and art. This was powerfully confirmed by the generosity of the very many who contributed to the fund raising effort for the city of Venice, plagued by dramatic floods.

This has been a year of numerous and important results in which you have played a central role. You, the many Italians and Italian-Americans, including many young people, contributing every day with passion and determination to drive our countries into the future. Your energy, your talent, your resolve are an invaluable asset, recognized and appreciated everywhere in this great country. I witness this every day, in Washington and in the many cities and States that I had the opportunity to visit during this year.

I am confident that in 2020 with your contribution and with the support of the Embassy, ​​the diplomatic-consular network, the Trade Commission offices, the Cultural Institutes and all the institutions that represent Italy in the USA, we will be able to seize the numerous opportunities to enrich the solid friendship between our countries.

The year that is about to begin promises to be full of important appointments, starting with the election of the President of the United States and the renewal of Congress. We will follow this key moment for democracy as respectful and careful observers.

2020 will also be the year of the US G7 Presidency to which Italy will provide full support.

With these expectations, I renew to you and your families my most sincere wishes for a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.