ROME, Dec 3 (KUNA) -- Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi opened on Friday Rome's Mediterranean Dialogue Fprum (MED 2021) for sustainable growth with the participation of several states including Kuwait.
In the opening address to the event, Draghi -- via video -- said that Mediterranean countries were in need of cooperation and ways to address challenges such as the migrants plight as well as incidents such as six-days the closure of the Suez Canal back in March.
Bringing the focus to the GCC region, Draghi indicated there was a need to develop cooperation between the Mediterranean and the GCC region through various new mechanisms.
He noted that events such as Expo 2020 Dubai would help bolster regional and international cooperation on various levels.
He also brought issues such as the Iranian nuclear issue, the situation in Iraq, the political developments in Libya, Lebanon, and elsewhere, saying that Italy would play its part as a nation as well as the leaders of NATO in its Presidency starting next May.
On the Palestinian cause, the President affirmed that it was paramount to seek the two states solution between Palestine and Israel, implementing just decision to rid the region from the source of ongoing tension.
Meanwhile, Kuwait's Ambassador to Italy Sheikh Azzam Mubarak Al-Sabah attended the event.
He told KUNA that the MED 2021 was an event of great importance, encouraging cooperation amongst participating states.
MED 2021 will focus during its activities on joint security and welfare, handling of immigration, civil society and culture development in addition to issues connected with economy, conflicts, and sustainable development. (end) mn.gta