Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and several senior ministers in her government are expected to visit Israel in October. Meloni and her ministers will participate in the conference of government consultations between Italy and Israel to be held in Jerusalem. Government consultations are a political framework designed to increase cooperation between Israel and some of its strategic partners, mainly in Europe, in many areas, including security, economy, trade, and ties with third countries. This will be Meloni's first visit as prime minister to Israel.
In an exclusive interview Meloni gave to Israel Hayom before her election as prime minister, Meloni said that she had already visited Israel while serving as a minister in Silvio Berlusconi's government, and that this visit was a significant point in her life, and that she intends to return to Israel as soon as possible.
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Meloni emphasized in the interview that as far as she is concerned, the State of Israel is of great importance as a bright spot in the turbulent Middle East. "Israel is the only absolute democracy in the Middle East, and we defend without reservation its right to exist and live in security. I believe that the existence of the State of Israel is vital, and Brothers of Italy (Meloni's party) will make every effort to invest in greater cooperation between our countries. This is the friendly attitude that the Italian center-right has always shown towards Israel."
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