On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I send sincere congratulations to the people of Italy as they celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Italian Republic.
On this day, Italy and the United States celebrate our deep and enduring friendship which is based on shared values, including democracy, freedom, free and fair trade, and the rule of law. Our countries and cultures continue to be enriched by deep people-to-people ties, illustrated by the millions of proud Americans of Italian ancestry.
It was my pleasure to welcome Foreign Minister Di Maio to Washington to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the establishment of U.S.-Italy diplomatic relations. Our partnership has never been more important, and we look forward to continued close cooperation with Italy, both as NATO Allies and long-standing economic partners, as we address global challenges and build a better, more prosperous world.