Articolo pubblicato sul giornale The National (http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/italy-and-uae-united-in-stances-on-syrian-strife)
ABU DHABI // Italy
and the UAE are united in their opposition to military intervention in Syria, a
delegation of Italian politicians said after meeting the Minister of Foreign
Affairs this week.
The members of Italy's Chamber of Deputies met Sheikh
Abdullah bin Zayed in the capital on Wednesday to discuss ways the two nations
could bring together Syria's splintered opposition and change Russia's
"We both agree that by no means can we take up a
military intervention," said Federica Mogherini, secretary of the defence
committee at the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
"This is because of its geographical position. It
would absolutely be counterproductive.
"The Italian and UAE positions are aligned, and we
are both very worried of the current situation in Syria.
"We agreed that the priority is to increase
international pressure on Russia, so it joins the international community on
Syria. Italy decided to expel the Syrian ambassador a few days ago and we are
acting with the United Nations on increasing the international pressure on the
Ms Mogherini said Italy and the Emirates had different
roles to play in their diplomatic efforts to bring the country's opposition
leaders closer together.
"We discussed the problems that cause the divisions
within the opposition, which obviously concerns us," she said. "Any
alternative to the regime now looks fragmented.
"There are different roles for our two countries.
Obviously, the Emirates being in the region and an Arab country, it will play a
Also in the Italian delegation were: Gianfranco Conte,
president of the finance committee of the Chamber of Deputies; Erica Rivolta,
member of its committee on culture, science and education; and Maria Teresa
Calabro, adviser to the chamber on bilateral talks concerning Syria, Iran and
The delegation discussed its concern over the possibility
of Iran developing nuclear weapons.
"We and all of Europe think a nuclear-armed Iran is a
danger to us," Ms Mogherini said.
The delegation discussed with Sheikh Abdullah ways of
strengthening the International Atomic Energy Agency's role and supporting its
Ms Mogherini said Italy agreed with the UAE that a
military strike on Iran was not the answer.
"We both agreed there are possibilities within
Iranian society to create political change," she said.
Mr Conte said the UAE and Italy had reached an agreement
during the visit to cooperate in rebuilding Libya.
"We have established a commitment for reconstruction
together in Libya," he said. "We agreed with Sheikh Abdullah to focus
on reconstruction of infrastructure."
The delegation did not provide details of the agreement.
"The UAE and Italy were involved side by side in the
intervention and now we are looking to cooperate more in a bilateral way in
reconstruction, as Italy is very close to Libya and has a strong physical
presence there, while the Emirates have a very strong financial and business
presence there," Ms Mogherini said.
The Italian delegation also spent time meeting with
members of the FNC, and with Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Higher
Education and Scientific Research.
"We discussed with the UAE parliamentary members ways
to enhance further cooperation between us, and discussed issues relating to the
Arab Spring, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and the Palestinian-Israeli
situation," Ms Mogherini said.
Pubblicato il 1/6/2012 alle 16.10 nella rubrica Per la pace.