Swear-in ceremony at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Italy, December 13, 2016. (Credits: Quirinale)

Meet the new Italian Foreign Minister

Minister Angelino Alfano sworn-in this week. With Prime Minister Gentiloni, he’ll be in charge of the busy international agenda in 2017.

Angelino Alfano sworn-in as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy on December 13, 2016. The oath of office was performed at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, in front of Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

I swear that I will be faithful to the Republic, that I will loyally observe the Constitution and the law, and that I will exercise my functions in the exclusive interest of the country.
Foreign Minister Alfano swears-in at the Quirinale Palace in Rome and signs the decree that appoints. (Credits: Quirinale)


MESSAGE TO THE FOREIGN MINISTRY

It is with a keen sense of honour and enthusiasm that I take office as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on the eve for a very important year for Italy at international level. In 2017 we will hold the Chair of the G7, sit on the UN Security Council, host the 60th Anniversary of the Treaties of Rome and the summit on the Western Balkans Process, in addition to chairing the OSCE Mediterranean Group.

These engagements represent an extraordinary opportunity for our foreign policy and to promote the Italian vision, traditionally hinged on dialogue, the respect of human rights, and multilateralism, while giving strong momentum to the European project and transatlantic relations. Our engagements in 2017 will also enable us to put back at the centre of the international agenda the Mediterranean Region, a crossroads of conflicts and very complex political, humanitarian, and migration crises, but also a place of great opportunities, where to decide the common fate and destiny of Europe and Africa.

Faced with a highly dynamic scenario and aware of the irreplaceable role of institutions in the Country’s foreign policy strategy, we are called on to make proposals on how to respond to the numerous multi-dimensional crises that, like never before, affect the lives of citizens: from terrorism, to immigration, trade, and environmental sustainability.

Following up on the work carried out by my predecessor, I intend to maximise the contribution of foreign policy to the action of the Government, especially in promoting innovation and in adopting common European migration policies, in addition to economic policies finally targeted on growth.

In pursuing these goals, I am certain to be able to count on the highly-qualified professionalism and the sense of State of all the personnel of the Foreign Ministry, who are engaged on a daily basis in promoting national interests and our businesses, as well as the safety of Italians, both in Rome and through our diplomatic Network abroad.

A special message of gratitude and encouragement should be addressed to the women and men serving the Foreign Ministry in the theatres of crisis, who tackle even larger risks and sacrifices.

I am convinced that, through teamwork and by fully sharing priorities and objectives, we will be able to assure the success of our diplomatic action and contribute to building a more stable and secure world.

I wish everybody the best possible success in their work!

— Angelino Alfano


BIOGRAPHY

Born in Agrigento on October 31, 1970, Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano is married and has two children. He became barrister after graduating in Law at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan, and obtained a PhD in Corporate Law from the University of Palermo.

At 25, he was elected in the Regional Assembly of Sicily, the youngest of its membership. He was the leader of Forza Italia’s parliamentary group at the Regional Assembly from 1998 to 2001, when he was elected to the Italian Parliament in the Forza Italia party, in the electoral district of Western Sicily.

On May 7, 2008, he was appointed Minister of Justice. In the general elections of 2013, he headed the Popolo della Libertà (The People of Freedom) party list for the Chamber of Deputies in the following electoral districts: Sicily 1, Lazio 1, Piedmont 1 and Piedmont 2.

On February 27, 2013, he was re-elected as a member of parliament for Popolo della Libertà in the Italian Parliament. From April 2013 to February 2014, he was Minister of the Interior and Deputy Prime Minister in the Government led by Prime Minister Enrico Letta. Since July 2013, he has been the President of the De Gasperi Foundation.

In November 2013, he founded the Nuovo Centrodestra (New Centre-Right), of which he is the leader. On February 22, 2014, he was appointed Minister of the Interior in the Government led by Priem Minister Matteo Renzi.

Since December 13, 2016, he has been Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the Government led by Paolo Gentiloni.


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