Italy's partnership with France is fundamental for Europe, President Mattarella told Macron

The two presidents agree to reinforce cooperation and bolster EU solidarity

Photo: EPA Sergio Mattarella (L) and Emmanuel Macron (R) during a joint press conference, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, 5 July 2021.

Italy and France have a unique bond, that is based on common values, a common history, President Sergio Mattarella told President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysée Palace in Paris on Monday on his first trip abroad after the Covid pandemic, ANSA reported. "The Italo-French partnership is fundamental for Europe. We talked with Macron about how to intensify our relations, Mattarella added.

"We have never stopped taking and working together", Macron said referring to the pandemic in which "France and Italy found themselves facing the same situation withing the space of 10 days".

"We have decided to proceed with the bilateral Treaty of reinforced cooperation, the Quirinal Treaty, which will help consolidate our relationship", the French president stated. He said the treaty "will enable us to offer our peoples and young people real prospects and will help young people work together in a Franco-Italian civil service".

The two presidents had agreed on bolstering European solidarity, Macron also said.

 

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