South Africa and Italy maintain excellent relations covering the full range of activities, both on a governmental level as well as in the private sector. President Mbeki met with President Ciampi during a working visit to Italy in July 2001. He also met with Prime Minster Berlusconi during the G8 Summit in Genoa, where the New Africa Initiative (NAI) was presented. Relations were considerably strengthened after the State Visit by Italian President Ciampi to South Africa, in March 2002. This was further strengthened during the visit of the Speaker of the South African Parliament, Dr. Frene Ginwala to Italy, in May 2002.
Ambassador: Shirish Soni, HE Prof
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