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Argentina, Italy sign accords to strengthen ties

04-02-2011 11:13 BJT

BUENOS AIRES, April 1 (Xinhua) -- The governments of Argentina and Italy on Friday signed 12 agreements on nuclear energy, technology, tourism and trade.

Visiting Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini signed the documents on behalf of Italy.

Frattini, who is visiting Argentina for the first time since he took office in 2001, met Argentine President Cristina Fernandez.

"Both countries have always had a common vision, (both are) favorable to a more open and more representative global political governance," Frattini said after the meeting.

Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, meanwhile, said that restoring strong bilateral relations with Italy was a primary goal of Argentina. He said relations with Italy are the most important bilateral partnership for the South American country.

"It is difficult to think about Argentina without Italy. We have a rich past in common. Argentina has been built by many Italians who have came here as immigrants, who have made Argentina their homeland," said Timerman.

Frattini said he and President Fernandez "defined a very important work program."

According to the Argentine Foreign Ministry, Fernandez will visit Italy in June. Frattini said an agreement will be signed during Fernandez's trip to open consular files for the pursuit of truth about thousands of Italians who disappeared in Argentina during the military rule between 1976 and 1983.

"We are going to open a new page of bilateral relations, a page of cooperation and of friendship," said Frattini.


Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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