Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni arrived in Abu Dhabi for a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, the second stop - after India - of the mission of the Head of Government. The delegation also included the Vice-President of the Council and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Tajani. They were welcomed by the Ambassador of Italy to the Emirates, Lorenzo Fanara, and the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and President-designate of COP28, Sultan Al Jaber.
The Prime Minister's mission opened with the meeting with Al Jaber to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in view of the presidency assumed by the United Arab Emirates of the work of Cop28, the United Nations conference on climate change, scheduled from 30 November to 12 December in Dubai. A declaration of enhanced cooperation is expected to be signed as part of the COP28 that frames Italy as a strategic partner on environmental issues and the fight against climate change.
During the two days in Abu Dhabi, another agreement is expected to be signed at institutional level, a declaration of intent on the strategic partnership.
The Prime Minister's visit aims to relaunch bilateral relations between the two countries after relations had cooled in recent years, due to the problems related to the Etihad-Alitalia affair and the stop to arms exports decided during the second Conte government. In a vision of perspective, then, the objective of the mission in the Emirates is to strengthen dialogue with the entire Gulf area and bilateral collaboration in all areas, with particular reference to the environmental and energy sector. In Abu Dhabi, Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi is also expected.