The “first objective” of the G7 this year, under the presidency of Italy, is to prevent the Gaza war from spreading and to reduce tension in the Red Sea,” said today the vice president of the Italian Government and Foreign Minister, Antonio Tajani. .
”All our initiatives are aimed at reduce tensionin a really very deteriorated context because Not only is there the war that is being fought in the Gaza Strip, there is the confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah on the northern border and then there are the Yemeni rebels attacking merchant ships in the Red Sea”, he highlighted.
The head of Italian diplomacy has begun contacts with the G7 partners with a phone call this Tuesday with the Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, “to take stock of the situation”, and will also shortly contact his counterparts of the rest of the group’s partners: Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan.
”You have to do everything possible to reduce tension. It is certainly not easy, but we hope that common sense prevails among everyone, even in Tehran, which no longer has to support the Yemeni rebels, and in Jerusalem, where it is fair that the Government defends the territorial identity, but being careful with the Palestinian civilian population,” Tajani explained.
”We have the responsibility to coordinate the work of different countries to build peace and serenity”he added.
In this sense, he stressed that “the political objective of Italy and Europe is to reach a situation that definitively stabilizes the Middle East and the only possibility is that of a free and independent State of Israel that recognizes a free and independent Palestinian State that, in turn, recognize Israel’s right to exist.”
He insisted that “that is the only objective that can allow stability” and “although it will be difficult to achieve, we must not delay,” while also referring to Ukraine, where “the political solution is the ultimate goal, the goal is peace and independence” of the country.
”Imagine if there had not been Western support for Ukraine what would have happened. Russia would have invaded Ukraine, ignoring international law and the rules of civil coexistence. All this with the use of force and violence against democracy,” he highlighted.
And he insisted that “It won’t be easy, but you have to work” to continue “helping Ukraine defend its territorial independence, helping the Ukrainian people not to be forced to submit to the force of the Russians.”
The Italian presidency of the G7 will have as priorities respect for the international order “deeply shaken” by the Russian war in Ukraine and the conflict in the Middle East, but it will also put security in the Mediterranean and the Balkans at the center of the debate.
It also plans to address issues such as the climate crisis, international trade “based on rules”, the digital transition and the development of Artificial Intelligence or immigration, the latter a topic of enormous interest for the Government of the far-right Giorgia Meloni.
(with information from EFE)