"On November 26, two years ago, in Rome, in the Palace that is temporarily my residence, the Treaty of the Quirinale was signed, which from its first article provides for "the implementation of joint training initiatives" for our diplomats". This was stated by the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella speaking from the Italian embassy in Paris where he met a delegation of young diplomats from the two countries. "For me - he adds - it is a double opportunity: to get to know you and to celebrate the solidity of relations between France and Italy, underlining the fundamental role of young diplomats in promoting constructive dialogue".
"Relations between Italy and France are centuries old. It will be your task to continue to feed them. Together in the post-war period, we contributed to the foundation of the European Union around a core of shared values: democracy, tolerance, solidarity. Over time, gratitude to those great statesmen who, with vision and courage, set out on its path increased. Starting with Robert Schumann's Declaration of 9 May 1950 to bring together, among the six founding countries, the energy of the time: coal and steel".
"Together in the post-war period, we contributed to the foundation of the European Union around a core of shared values: democracy, tolerance, solidarity".