Italy’s Defense Minister in the United States

On July 10–13, Minister Roberta Pinotti visited Washington DC and New York.

Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti and US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met on July 12 at the Pentagon.

They reaffirmed our countries strong bond of friendship and commitment to international security. Italy and the US are engaged together in promoting peace and stability from Afghanistan to Iraq and in defeating the scourge of terrorism. Our cooperation grows stronger day by day also thanks to an outstanding cooperation in the defense industry.

Minister Pinotti and Secretary Mattis also discussed at length current developments in the Mediterranean, with a particular focus on Libya and Syria, and in Asia, with a focus on the DPRK.

After the meeting, Minister Pinotti previewed the photographic exhibition “War&Art” which will be open to the public starting in October. The exhibition depicts the American War effort on the Italian battlefields during World War I.

Minister Pinotti also met US Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to discuss security and defense issues.

During her visit Minister Pinotti paid a visit to Arlington National Cemetery and laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Minister also visited the Italian Embassy in Washington DC where she greeted the Embassy’s military staff and signed the guestbook.

After Washington DC, Minister Pinotti traveled to New York where she paid tribute to the 9/11 victims during a visit at the September 11th Memorial and Museum.

In New York, she also met with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

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