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2nd of June - Message of the Permanent Representative of Italy to the North Atlantic Council, Ambassador Francesco M. Talò, on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of the National Republic Day

Date:

06/02/2020


2nd of June - Message of the Permanent Representative of Italy to the North Atlantic Council, Ambassador Francesco M. Talò, on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of the National Republic Day

Happy Italian Republic Day to all of you who daily serve Italy in the Atlantic Alliance and as well as the Atlantic Alliance as Italians at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, in its Commands on both shores of the Atlantic and in the operational theaters in which NATO is engaged to defend all of us!

This is a different 2nd of June. We are still touched by the effects of a pandemic that has hit Italy and the world very hard, profoundly marking the life and work of all of us and still preventing us from celebrating this important anniversary together the way we would like to.

We must be proud of the resilience shown by Italy. Our resilience and unity have been an example for the world, they have offered a concrete proof of the solidity of our institutions as well as of the ability of each one of us to stand together, with sense of responsibility, in order to overcome the emergency together. In this painful journey we have proven to be a community bound by values, efficient and disciplined toward unforeseen and unprecedented circumstances.

Also thanks to the crucial support of your families, you all have made, firsthand, an essential contribution to this great collective effort. Within your own responsibilities, each of you has ensured their contribution to guarantee the operational continuity of our service. In Brussels and everywhere in the world, the Italian commitment to serve our country and NATO has continued, taking into account the particular circumstances determined by the fight against the pandemic. The working and living conditions have been peculiar and difficult especially for those who live far from their loved ones. This is why I address my particular appreciation and gratitude to you and your families. Thank you!

After the end of the Second World War with the birth of our Republic, Italy has consolidated itself on the basis of a new order based on the values of democracy, rule of law, respect for the fundamental freedoms. The same values that inspire and lie at the heart of our Atlantic Alliance, to which each of us proudly contributes with their work. An unprecedented Alliance of free citizens that was born only three years after our Republic and of which Italy was one of the founders.

This identity of values, whose enduring relevance is testified by the proof of what we have been able to offer even during the pandemic emergency, places our country firmly in the Euro-Atlantic area. It is a choice of identity that is renewed daily and that we must never take for granted. Being Member of NATO and of the West remains an essential condition of security, progress, work and well-being for our and future generations.

For this reason, I believe the work that each of you does within the Atlantic Alliance, at all levels, is of extraordinary importance for our citizens.

Thank you again and congratulations on your daily commitment and best wishes for the Republic Day!

Viva l’Italia!

Amb. Francesco M. Talò

 


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