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Italy hails Del Re's appointment as EU special Sahel envoy

21 giugno 2021 | 19.24
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Italy's government on Monday said it "warmly welcomes" the appointment of former deputy foreign minister Emanuela Del Re as the European Union's special representative for Africa's Sahel region.

"Italy warmly welcomes the appointment of Emanuela Claudia Del Re to the position of EU Special Representative for the Sahel," said a foreign ministry statement.

While deputy foreign minister from 2018 until February this year, Del Re "followed with great passion and effectiveness" the African continent, in particular, the Sahel region both at bilateral and European levels, within the framework of the new EU Strategy for the Sahel," the statement went on.

Del Re's appointment is also is a testimony to Italy's increasingly high profile in a geographical area that has become strategic for the security of the whole of Europe, the statement underlined.

During its G20 presidency and as co-chair of the COP26 UN climate summit, Italy will organise several high-level events on Africa this year, according to the statement.

Events will include the fight against terrorism and instability in the Sahel region, which are both among the central issues of the 83-member Global Coalition against Daesh ministerial meeting taking place in Italy at the end of June, the statement noted.

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