Africa: a key Italian strategy priority

Having visited over a dozen of African countries in 2009, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Franco Frattini, has recently expressed the strategic importance of Africa for Italy. Minister Frattini has noted on more than one occasion that the EU-Africa partnership could be the right instrument to make it easier to achieve two goals: the creation of an African peace and security architecture and the economic integration of the African continent. The partnership should be based, in Minister Frattini’s view, on 4 strands: security and peace-keeping; regional crises and forgotten conflicts; rights and democracy; and a new way to “do” development. To read more, click here.

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