“Italy’s Renewed Interest in the Horn of Africa”, Elio Calcagno, Silvia Strangis (IAI, Italy) 

On 12 June 2022, a bilateral meeting between Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and Somalian President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was held in Mogadishu, as part of an official visit of the minister to Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Di Maio’s three-day tour was just one of his latest in Africa, which highlights Italy’s attempt at establishing long-lasting cooperation with African countries. In the last ten years, the objectives of Italy’s foreign policy have been redefined to include the African continent as a priority. Although the media have paid little attention to Italy’s engagement, this holds primary importance, as also evidenced by Italy’s efforts to build a diplomatic network in the continent

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