Before departing for his first official visit to Rome, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today (23 March):
This is a landmark day for the political future of Italy. Regardless of which parties form the new coalition government, Germany remains committed to close cooperation between our two countries. Italy is a key partner for cohesion in Europe. My visit also signalises that we need Italy in Europe. Only together can we perform the essential task of strengthening and further developing the European Union.
Foreign Minister Maas will travel to Rome today. There, he will meet with Mr Angelino Alfano, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic. His agenda also includes a meeting with students, a visit to European Union Naval Force – Mediterranean Operation Sophia headquarters, and a tour of a bilateral cultural project.