Foreign Secretary meeting with Luigi Di Maio, Italian Foreign Minister, 4 May

A Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office spokesperson said:

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio today at Lancaster House in London, as part of the G7 Foreign & Development Ministerial Meeting.

They noted their desire to continue to work particularly closely in this important year, given the UK and Italian respective presidencies of the G7 and G20 and the joint hosting of COP26.

They agreed high level ambitions for the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow in November, especially with regards to climate finance.

The ministers also discussed cooperation on a range of bilateral and global issues including the importance of the Global Coalition against Daesh in tackling the threat of terrorism from North Africa and the Sahel and the ongoing UN talks to resolve the Cyprus issue.

The ministers noted the progress made towards a UK-Italy Bilateral Cooperation Agreement, and reiterated their desire to build on our Year of Presidencies by signing before the end of the year.

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