June 8, 2016, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Italy to Ukraine, Mr F. Romano, received the Secretary General of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development – GUAM, Mr A. Efendiev.

At the meeting, which took place in a friendly atmosphere, the Secretary General spoke about the Organization, its goals and tasks as well as the priority areas of cooperation during the current Chairmanship in the Organization of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Secretary General informed about the main projects and programs of cooperation within the GUAM as well as on cooperation with the third countries in the format GUAM+.

There was an expressed interest on the part of the GUAM in expanding cooperation with all interested parties. In this context, Italy’s principled position on issues of interest to the GUAM member countries, the important role of the country as one of the largest economic and trade partners, as well as influential players in the region, was noted.

During the conversation, the sides exchanged views on the situation in the region and around it and stressed, in this connection, the need and importance of maintaining stability and security. The view was expressed that the GUAM as a regional organization could play a positive and constructive role in this issue.

The parties agreed to continue contacts and exchange of information.