Health Alert: U.S. Consulate General Naples, Italy, February 7, 2020

Location: Italy Event:  Since January 30, 2020, the Italian Ministry of Health has confirmed three cases of Novel Coronavirus in Italy.  On February 5, 2020, Italian public health officials implemented mandatory thermal screening at all Italian air and maritime ports of entry in response to the recent Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Travelers should be prepared for travel ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in State of the Union Address

Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback.  Tonight, I stand before you to share the incredible results.  Jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting, crime is falling, confidence is surging, and our country is thriving and highly respected again.  (Applause.)  America’s enemies are on the run, America’s fortunes are on the ... Read More»

Pasta Cooking Presentation

The Office of Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Rome organized a Pasta Cooking Presentation in honor of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to raise awareness about the quality and value of U.S. durum wheat.  The presentation highlighted the various levels of protein that impact the color, texture, and consistency of pasta ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Pence and President Mattarella of the Italian Republic Before Bilateral Meeting

Well, thank you, President Mattarella.  Thank you for your warm hospitality.  Thank you for welcoming me here in my very first visit to the Italian Republic as Vice President of the United States.  And let me also say: It was a privilege to be in Jerusalem with you yesterday, as we marked the 75th anniversary ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Consulate General Milan, Italy, January 25, 2020

A demonstration organized by the trade union Confederazione Generale Italiana Lavoratori will occur on January 25, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. and conclude at 6:00 p.m. Demonstrators will sit-in at Piazza del Duomo. The purpose of their demonstration is to press the U. S. and Iranian governments to avoid war. Police expect between 500-1000 participants. Police ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: Registering to Vote

Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and more.  Once you confirm your registration, follow a few simple steps to vote in ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Consulate General Milan, Italy, January 13, 2020

A protest against U.S. government policy in the Middle East and Iran will occur on January 13, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. and conclude at 8:00 p.m.  Demonstrators will sit-in near the U.S. Consulate General Building at the intersection of Via Moscova and Via Turati.  Police expect approximately 70-100 participants.  Police will be present and may ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Milan, Italy, January 11, 2020

A protest against U.S. government activities against Iran will occur on January 11, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. and conclude at 6:00 p.m.  Social media websites mention the U.S. government.  Demonstrators will sit-in at Piazza Duca d’Aosta in front of Stazione Milano Centrale (Milan Central Station).  Police expect approximately 100 Pro-Iran participants.  Police will be present ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Consulate General Milan, Italy, January 6, 2020

A protest against U.S. government activities against Iran will occur on January 6, 2020 at 1700 and conclude at 2000.  Social media websites mention the U.S. government.  Demonstrators will gather at Via Moscova and Via Turati, approximately 50 meters from the U.S. Consulate General Milan.  Police expect approximately 70-100 Pro-Iran/Anti-war participants, which might include some ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery

Vice President Carfagna, Members of Parliament, distinguished guests, veterans, ladies and gentlemen.  Thank you all for being here today.  Welcome to today’s ceremony and thank you for honoring the service members here who rest in peace.  I am deeply humbled to be standing with you today as we pay tribute to these brave men and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Repatriation Ceremony

It is a pleasure to be here today to celebrate with you the 50th anniversary of the Carabinieri Cultural Heritage Protection Deparment – or TPC.  I am doubly pleased to mark the occasion with the return of an important artifact to the Italian people. I’d like to thank Cultural Heritage and Tourism Minister Franceschini, and ... Read More»

DCM Thomas Smitham Remarks at Aspen-Italy Award Ceremony

I would like to start by thanking Aspen-Italia Chairman Giulio Tremonti for inviting me to share this award ceremony with you tonight. It is an honor, as well, to share this opportunity with Dr. Anna Ascani, Deputy Minister of Education, University and Research (MUIR). In preparing my remarks for this award, I thought: This is ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Council for the U.S. and Italy

I am pleased to join Ambassador Varricchio today in giving you a warm welcome to this fantastic event. Allow me to take a moment to recognize Foreign Minister Di Maio and Economy and Finance Minister Gualtieri. Ministers:  Benvenuti once again to the United States.  I trust your meetings in Washington have been productive, and I ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and President Mattarella of the Italian Republic at a Reception

Well, thank you very much, everyone.  It’s an honor to have you all at the White House.  You hear that beautiful music in the background?  Normally, we wait until it ends, but you’re Italian; we move fast, right?  (Laughter.)  You definitely move fast.    Tonight, we celebrate the extraordinary friendship between Italy and the United ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and President Mattarella of Italy in Joint Press Conference

Thank you very much.  Today, it is my honor to welcome President Sergio Mattarella of Italy to the White House.  We've known each other for a while.  We've dealt with each other for a while.  And we've had some really great conversations.  We've had a very productive discussion throughout the day with our staffs and ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and President Mattarella of the Italian Republic Before Bilateral Meeting

Well, thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to have the President of Italy with us.  He is a man of great distinction.  He’s highly respected in this country.  And it’s nice to have you at the White House.  Thank you very much, Mr. President. We’ve had a great relationship with Italy for a ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Reception on the National September 11

The world changed after this unforgettable crime. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum seeks to honor the thousands of innocent men, women, and children murdered by terrorists in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993and September 11, 2001. The Memorial and Museum also recognizes the endurance of those who survived, the courage of those who risked their ... Read More»

Ambassador Eisenberg at Coding Girls 2019 Opening Event

Let me begin by thanking Mirta Michilli and Alessandra Donnini and their staff from the Fondazione Mondo Digitale. Together with Microsoft, the Fondazione has been an outstanding partner since Coding Girls was launched in 2014 with a pilot project in Rome. Thank you to Ms. Cominelli from Microsoft and Professor Catarci from La Sapienza. Your ... Read More»

Ambassador Eisenberg Remarks at 4th Annual Transatlantic Forum on Russia

Those of us working in government, as I do as the United States Ambassador to Italy, rely upon the expertise and insights of those outside of government.  Listening to, and engaging with, those outside of government is the best way to determine how to address the great challenges we face – to debate the issues ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio At a Press Availability

Back to first principles.  Your – the predicate of your final question about objecting to what the folks on Capitol Hill have asked is fundamentally not true.  What we objected to was the demands that were put that are – deeply violate fundamental principles of separation of powers.  They contacted State Department employees directly, told ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Maurizio Molinari of La Stampa

So I’ve seen the results of the decision today.  They – they’re consistent with what we’d anticipated.  We believed all along that the WTO would rule in this way.  We’ll now work through it, what the appropriate response is.  I will certainly talk to the EU and we’ll get to the right outcome. As I’ve ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo with Giovanna Pancheri of Sky TG24

Yeah, so I’ve seen that decision.  Frankly, it’s what we had expected.  We – our view has been all along for a long time now that these subsidies were illegal.  We’re working with your government and we’re working with the EU government to try and find the right mix of the way to respond to ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo Travels to Italy to Discuss Transatlantic Partnership with Key Ally

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Rome and Abruzzo, Italy, October 1-3, where he will meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio to discuss the importance of Transatlantic unity and our strong and enduring bilateral relationship.  The Secretary will also travel to his ancestral home ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Travel to Italy, The Holy See, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Greece

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Italy, The Holy See, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Greece from October 1 to 6. The Secretary will attend the U.S.-Holy See Symposium on Partnering with Faith-Based Organizations, where he will deliver keynote remarks.  He will have a private audience with His Holiness Pope Francis, and meet ... Read More»

Reception in Honor of the 7th Biennial Workshop on Dystonia & Parkinson’s Disease

Welcome to Villa Taverna to celebrate the work of the 7th Biennial Workshop on Dystonia and Parkinson’s Disease. I want to thank the University of Rome-Tor Vergata, and Antonio Pisani of the Department of Systems Medicine, for organizing this event. Let me also recognize my dear friends Bonnie Strauss and Nancy Rackoff. Your cause is ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation on Patriot Day, 2019

On Patriot Day, we solemnly remember the nearly 3,000 people who perished on September 11, 2001.  With gratitude, we honor the brave first responders, resolute members of our military, and ordinary Americans who showed extraordinary courage to save others on that fateful day.  We will always be grateful for the heroic men and women of our ... Read More»

Creation of the Venezuela Affairs Unit

The VAU is the interim diplomatic office of the U.S. Government to Venezuela, located at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota‎, Colombia, and has been established with bipartisan support from the U.S. Congress.  The VAU is continuing the U.S. mission to the legitimate Government of Venezuela and to the Venezuelan people.  The VAU will continue to ... Read More»

U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty on August 2, 2019

Russia is solely responsible for the treaty’s demise.  Dating back to at least the mid-2000s, Russia developed, produced, flight tested, and has now fielded multiple battalions of its noncompliant missile.  The United States first raised its concerns with Russia in 2013.  Russia subsequently and systematically rebuffed six years of U.S. efforts seeking Russia’s return to ... Read More»

Art Repatriation Ceremony, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

I would like to thank General Claudio Vincelli and General Fabrizio Parrulli for being here today with officers from the Carabinieri for the Protection of Cultural Heritage. Italy is a nation with an amazing historic, cultural, and artistic heritage.  I would like to thank you for your work in protecting and preserving that heritage for ... Read More»

U.S. Applauds Italy’s Foreign Terrorist Fighter Repatriation

The United States commends the Government of Italy for the repatriation of an Italian foreign terrorist fighter from Syria.  Italy is a key partner in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and we appreciate its commitment to countering terrorism.  With this repatriation, Italy has provided an important example to all members of the Global Coalition ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today in Washington with Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini.  They reiterated the value of the United States’ longstanding relationship with Italy, including as NATO Allies and members of the G7.  They also discussed confronting regional security risks from Russia and Iran, the threat posed by ... Read More»

2019 SelectUSA Investment Summit

The 2019 Summit will take place June 10-12, 2019, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.  The three-day program will include plenary and breakout sessions featuring global CEOs and high level U.S. Government speakers, prescheduled one-on-one matchmaking meetings between potential investors and EDOs, an exhibition hall with representation from EDOs across the United States, an ... Read More»

Fulbright Annual Meeting 2019-20 Italian Grantees and 2018-19 U.S. Grantees

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international education exchange program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.  Since its inception in 1946, more than 390,000 Fulbrighters, 8,000 from Italy, have participated in the program. 71 years ago, in 1948, the Fulbright Program in Italy was established. At the inception of the bi-national Fulbright Commission ... Read More»

On the Occasion of Republic Day in Italy

The United States and Italy have a long, shared history of friendship and strong ties. Italian-Americans have played and continue to play an integral part in the United States’ success and its generous spirit. The United States values Italy’s vital role in NATO, strengthening security and defense cooperation in the Mediterranean region. Together, we collaborate ... Read More»

Memorial Day at Sicily-Nettuno Cemetery, by Chargé Kelly Degnan

Welcome to today’s ceremony and thank you for honoring the service members here who rest in peace.  I am deeply humbled to be standing with you this evening as we pay tribute to these brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom.I would like to thank cemetery Superintendent Melanie Reston ... Read More»

Celebrating Earth Day 2019

Earth Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of today’s most challenging environmental problems and to celebrate the progress we’ve made in conservation and environmental protection over the past decades.The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) serves at the forefront of U.S. diplomatic efforts to confront some of these ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Announces Intent To Designate IRGC as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Good morning. I’m here to make an important foreign policy announcement concerning the Islamic Republic of Iran. Today the United States is continuing to build its maximum pressure campaign against the Iranian regime. I am announcing our intent to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including its Qods Force, as a foreign terrorist organization in ... Read More»

70 Years of NATO: Shared Values, Historic Achievements, and Defending our Future Together

NATO Allies agree sanctions are our best diplomatic tool to bring Russia back into compliance with the values that we share with Europe.  We do not want war.  But we cannot accept such brazen violations of international law and norms.  Inaction is not an option.  And it’s clear dialogue has proved to be insufficient.Relaxing sanctions ... Read More»

“NATO’s 70th Anniversary – The Alliance is as important as in 1949”?

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is the most successful alliance in history.  The United States, Italy, and ten others gathered in Washington, D.C. on April 4, 1949, and over the past 70 years, NATO has helped to create the most secure, stable, and prosperous period in its members’ history.  From deterring the Soviet Union ... Read More»

The U.S. Supports the People of Venezuela as They Strive for Democracy

In a statement, the White House Press Secretary said, "The United States will continue to take steps to pressure Maduro, his regime, and those who support him, until they step out of the way and allow a democratic transition to occur under Interim President Guaido and the National Assembly of Venezuela." This action underscores President Trump's ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy on Saturday, March 23, 2019

Beginning at 3 PM,various environmental protection groups plan a large demonstration to highlight the importance of climate change and pollution to the Italian government. The demonstration is sponsored by various groups. Due to potential security concerns, the police may limit foot and vehicle traffic in or near the areas of the demonstration. Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Milan, March 8, 2019

Approximately 5,000 participants will gather on Women’s Day.  The movement called “Not One Less” is protesting for women’s rights.  The march will follow the route of:  Piazza Duca D’Aosta (Stazione Centrale), Via Galvani, Via Gustavo Fara, piazza San Gioachimo, Via Galileo Galilei, Via Montesanto, Piazza della Repubblica, Via Tarchetti, Via Manin, Piazza Cavour, Via Manzoni, ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Milan, March 2, 2019

Approximately 50,000 participants will gather for the “People First” demonstration promoted by various organizations, associations, NGOs, and trade unions protesting against the Italian government’s fear and discrimination of peoples and against general themes of racism and fascism.  This demonstration is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2019 between 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Read More»

Reception in honor of Moses Pendleton and the MOMIX Dance Company

Good evening and welcome to Villa Pinciana. We are privileged to have with us tonight Moses Pendleton, one of America’s most innovative and accomplished choreographers.  We are also honored to host the  MOMIX troupe.  MOMIX is an internationally-acclaimed  dance company that Mr. Pendleton founded in 1980.  It is known world-wide for creating works of exceptional ... Read More»

Let Humanitarian Aid Into Venezuela

Today has been a historic day. Interim President Juan Guaido, the National Assembly, and the people of Venezuela have been an inspiration to the world. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers turned out in peace to face down a dictator and helped to carry life-saving humanitarian aid to their fellow citizens. Sadly, this day has not ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: The United States Pre-Positions Aid for Venezuelans on the Brazil-Venezuela Border

On February 22, the United States and its partners began pre-positioning additional humanitarian aid for Venezuelans in Boa Vista, Brazil in proximity to the Brazil-Venezuela border. This life-saving humanitarian assistance is made up of 178 metric tons of locally-procured food supplies and is ready to be delivered to Venezuelans suffering from severe food shortages inside ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump to the Venezuelan American Community

As we meet today, the people of Venezuela stand at the threshold of history, ready to reclaim their country and to reclaim their future. Not long ago, Venezuela was the wealthiest nation, by far, in South America.  But years of socialist rule have brought this once-thriving nation to the brink of ruin.  That’s where it ... Read More»

Venezuela in crisis: Quotes and facts

The United States stands with interim President Juan Guaidó, the democratically elected National Assembly and the people of Venezuela as they peacefully restore constitutional order and democracy to their country. Below are the latest quotes and facts to share, categorized by theme: Maduro’s corrupt regime; Venezuelan people unite; U.S. supports Venezuela; The human toll; and ... Read More»

United States Supports the Venezuelan People With Humanitarian Assistance

Former President Nicolas Maduro's systematic economic mismanagement, corruption, and violent oppression have caused severe shortages of food and medicine and needless human suffering, resulting in an exodus of millions of Venezuelans to neighboring countries. The spiraling effects of this political and man-made economic crisis have dire humanitarian consequences. The United States is staging emergency humanitarian assistance ... Read More»

U.S. Supports Democratic Aspirations of the Venezuelan People

The United States continues to support the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people.  On February 4, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo participated via video conference in the 10th ministerial meeting of the Lima Group in Ottawa. In his remarks, the Secretary emphasized helping interim President Juan Guaido restore democracy and hope to the people of ... Read More»

Commemorations of the 75th Anniversary of the Landings

On January 22, 2019, Ambassador Lewis M. Eisenberg participated to a ceremony at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in the memory of the service members who fell during the Allied landings at Anzio and Nettuno. This ceremony will include the illumination of over 7,800 graves, and is part of the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Milan, December 19, 2018

There will be a march/demonstration today beginning at 16:00 when approximately 200 street market workers will gather at Bastioni di Porta Venezia to protest against the future “Area B,” an area where it will be impossible to access with polluting vehicles.  Demonstrators will follow this route:  Viale Majno, Viale Bianca Maria, Viale Regina Margherita, Viale ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at SelectUSA Seminar

It’s a pleasure to be here in Lucca – a proud city with a long history of independence and enterprise. Before I begin, let me thank Confindustria Toscana Nord President Grossi for hosting today’s seminar. President Grossi and I agree we can still improve the already impressive economic ties between the United States and Tuscany.  ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy

During the holiday season security measures in Italy remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by ... Read More»

U.S. Mission to Italy and Consulates General will be CLOSED on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The President has declared a National Day of Mourning on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in honor of former President George H. W. Bush. The U.S. Mission to Italy (Embassy Rome and constituent posts), the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, and the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Agencies will therefore be closed on December 5. Read More»

“U.S.-Italy Dialogue: The Economics of the bilateral relationship”, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

In the United States, the Administration notified our Congress on October 16 it intends to negotiate a trade agreement with the EU. We are now in a public comment period that ends December 10. With a free and fair trade agreement, we can reduce our trade deficit. Our economies can thrive.   Thanks to pro-growth policies, ... Read More»

President Trump message on the death of former President George H.W. Bush

Melania and I join with a grieving Nation to mourn the loss of former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night. Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service — to be, in his words, “a ... Read More»

Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on Ukraine

Thank you, Mr. President. This morning I spoke with President Trump and Secretary Pompeo and my statement reflects the concerns at the highest level of the American government. For the past four years, the international community has spoken with a strong, clear, and largely united voice denouncing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. The United States, the ... Read More»

Joint Statement on U.S.-Italy Strategic Dialogue

The United States and Italy strengthened their ongoing commitment to the bilateral relationship during the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Italy Strategic Dialogue, November 19-20, 2018. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte launched the dialogue at the White House on July 30 to focus on improving security and stabilization efforts in the Mediterranean region. Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Demonstration in Milan, Italy on November 16, 2018

There will be a march/demonstration beginning at approximately 9:30 am, sponsored by COORDINAMENTO DEI COLLETTIVI STUDENTESCHI (Student Associations) of Milan and province and by the Social Centers Cantiere and Lambretta against the Italian Government and immigration policy. The organizers expect approximately 1,000 to 1,500 participants. Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Demonstration/March in Rome, Italy on Saturday, November 10, 2018

A march on November 10 beginning at Piazza della Repubblica, ending at Piazza di Porta San Giovanni.  The route will take the marchers through Via Delle Terme, di Diocleziano, Via Giovanni Amendola, Via Cavour, Piazza dell’Esquilino, Via Liberiana, Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore, Via Merulana, Viale Manzoni and Via Emanuele Filiberto. Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Public Transportation strike in Italy on October 25-26, 2018

There will be a transportation strike throughout Italy impacting train service from 9:00 pm Thursday, October 25 through 9:00 pm Friday, October 26. City transportation services will also be affected throughout Italy, although some cities may offer limited transportation. For example, Rome city transportation will be striking on October 26 from 8:30 am to 5:00 ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Reception in Honor of Sigourney Weaver

October 23, 2018 Villa Taverna, Rome (As prepared for delivery) Good evening, and welcome to Villa Taverna. We are privileged to have with us one of my country’s most acclaimed actors, Sigourney Weaver. I want to thank the Rome Film Festival team for all of your hard work in preparing for the monumental task of ... Read More»

Cyberattacks: Toward attribution beyond a reasonable doubt

As DOJ Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in revealing the October charges against the seven Russian GRU officers, “the defendants believed that they could use their perceived anonymity to act with impunity, in their own countries and on territories of other sovereign nations, to undermine international institutions and to distract from their government’s ... Read More»

“American Perspectives on Russia and the Changing Security Environment”, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

Thank you to the Center’s President, Gianni De Gennaro, for the opportunity to be here today. And a special thanks to Director Paolo Messa and his staff, along with everyone at the Centro Studi Americani, for organizing this wonderful event. One of the things I enjoy most about being Ambassador in Italy is that we ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at NMWA

Buona sera! Thank you for joining us this evening to honor emerging women artists and recognize the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Let me start by thanking the NMWA’s Italian partner, Gli Amici del NMWA, for promoting emerging women artists throughout Italy. It is a pleasure to celebrate with you the strong cultural ... Read More»

USDA-Endorsed USA Pavilion at TUTTOFOOD 2019

The USDA recently announced its endorsement of the USA Pavilion at TUTTOFOOD 2019 in Milan, Italy, scheduled May 6-9 at Fiera Milano.  While 2019 will mark the seventh edition of TUTTOFOOD, this will be the second with a USA Pavilion, and the first with the USDA’s official endorsement.   Exhibiting at TUTTOFOOD provides US exporters with ... Read More»

“Transatlantic Relations: Charting a New Course”, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

I would like to thank Under Secretary Manlio di Stefano for his remarks and Noel Lateef, President and CEO of the Foreign Policy Association, for the kind invitation to speak today. Thank you also to Paolo Magri, Executive Vice President and Director of ISPI, for his generous introduction and to our distinguished panelists and guests. ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Press Conference on Coding Girls

Good morning, ladies on the panel and ladies in the audience.  I see I am in the minority today and rightly so as we introduce the fifth annual Coding Girls project.  First of all, I would like to thank Mirta Michilli and her staff from the Fondazione Mondo Digitale.   Together with Microsoft, the Fondazione has ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert: Demonstration in Rome, Italy, on Sunday, September 30, 2018

Location:  Piazza del Popolo, Rome, Italy (Please see attached map). Event:  A demonstration is expected to take place on September 30, 2018, beginning at 1:30 PM and ending on or around 5:30 PM. The Police expect approximately 25,000 participants. A group sponsored by the “Democratic Party” in response to Italian government policies will hold a ... Read More»

Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities

Secretary Pompeo released the State Department's new report detailing the magnitude of the Iranian regime's destructive behavior at home and abroad. The report covers Iran's support for terrorism, its missile program, illicit financial activities, threats to maritime security and cybersecurity, human rights abuses, as well as environmental exploitation. Read More»

Remarks at the United Against Nuclear Iran Summit

It’s an appropriate but sad irony that we’re talking about Iran during the 73rd UN General Assembly. So many times over the years, the UN – during the UN, Iranian regime leaders and diplomats have used this occasion to turn on their charm offensive with foreign governments, obscure what they’re really up to at home ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Presentation of the Legion of Merit

Good morning everyone. General Graziano, Admiral Girardelli, General Vecciarelli, Admirals, Generals, and distinguished guests, welcome…  I am very pleased and honored to have you all in the historic “Red Room” here at the United States Embassy Rome.  Thank you for taking the time out of your busy lives to attend today’s ceremony in honor of ... Read More»

“Seen by the USA, Italy Does Not Seem Divided”, Ambassador Eisenberg’s interview.

“The Italian government?  To us in the United States, we don’t get the message that it is divided” so said Washington’s Ambassador in Italy Lewis M. Eisenberg in an interview with Corriere.  And on the Libya question, he said:  “Italy plays the role of guide.  I think it should do so collegially with France.” Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Rome, Italy, September 5, 2018

This summer Italian health authorities have identified at least 123 human cases of West Nile virus in parts of northern and central Italy.  The virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. While most infected people develop no symptoms, approximately 20 percent develop fever and other symptoms.  In less than 1 percent of ... Read More»

Voices from the Border: a new approach to migration and integration

Though integration and diversity have long been important issues for both the U.S. and Northern Italy, they have become even more central in recent months. Several projects and proposals have been advanced by Northern cities in an effort to foster discussion on these issues as Italy embarks on the next phase following the migration crisis. ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Consulate General Milan – August 13, 2018

Due to a construction renovation project, the U.S. Consular Section in Milan, Italy, will be closed temporarily to the public September 10-19, 2018.  During this time, American Citizen Services and nonimmigrant visa appointments will not be scheduled, nor will the Consular Section be able to accept walk-in appointments. Read More»

For Italy, No Better Partner Than America

The strengthening friendship between President Trump and Prime Minister Conte was clear to see on Monday in Washington.  The President’s invitation to the White House early in the Prime Minister’s tenure underscores the unique historical ties and special bond between our two countries.   As Prime Minister Conte aptly stated, ours is a “privileged” and mutually ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Conte of Italy in Joint Press Conference

Mr. Prime Minister, I want to begin by congratulating you once again on your tremendous victory in Italy. It was something that all the world was watching, and it excited the people all across Italy and, I can tell you, all across the United States, as well. Congratulations. In your election, the Italian nation has ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Independence Day Celebration

Buonasera e benvenuti a Villa Taverna! Vi ringraziamo per essere qui a celebrare con noi il duecentoquarantaduesimo (242) anniversario dell’indipendenza degli Stati Uniti d’America. Oggi ricordiamo l’anniversario della firma della Dichiarazione d’Indipendenza, che ha sancito la libertà come principio fondamentale degli Stati Uniti. As President Ronald Reagan wrote, “freedom is the most important thing to ... Read More»

Message from President Mattarella on the occasion of Independence Day

The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella sent the following message to the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump: «The anniversary of July 4 grants me the opportunity to extend our warmest wishes on behalf of the Italian people and myself. The United States and Italy are united by a long-standing friendship, ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy to the White House on July 30, 2018. Italy is an important NATO Ally, a leading partner in Afghanistan and Iraq, and key in bringing stability to the Mediterranean region. Together, the United States and Italy will look to deepen cooperation in addressing global ... Read More»

Remarks by DCM Kelly Degnan at the BEST Program at Radio Dimensione Suono

Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a pleasure to join you today at the Radio Dimensione Suono headquarters to celebrate the Business Exchange and Student Training program, or BEST, as we call it. I would like to begin by thanking our host this evening, Mr. Montefusco and Radio Dimensione Suono (RDS), whose cooperation in ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Reception of the Fulbright 70th Anniversary

We are here today because a young American Senator, J. William Fulbright, conceived the idea in the aftermath of the Second World War to establish a cultural and educational exchange program between the United States and countries around the world. The Fulbright program was established in Italy in 1948.  Since its inception, more than 10,000 ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at Fulbright 70th Anniversary

I am delighted to be here today to celebrate with you the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Italy.  This program was conceived by the young American Senator J. William Fulbright and approved by the Congress in 1946. He suggested selling surplus materials from World War II and putting the proceeds toward an international ... Read More»

Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un

President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S.–DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.  President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Mitchell Speech at the Heritage Foundation

That task begins at home by making America more prosperous and secure. The President’s focus is on rebuilding our defenses by shoring up our depleted armed forces and recapitalizing our nuclear deterrent; on rebuilding our economy by making American businesses more competitive, stimulating investment, restoring manufacturing, and fighting to give American companies a fair playing ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg on Rome Chamber Music Festival

Good evening, and a warm welcome to Villa Taverna, including our young musicians and Maestro Robert McDuffie. In 2002, Robert came to Rome on a sabbatical year from Mercer University and developed a true passion for one of the world's most beautiful cities. Rome inspires everyone who comes here, so I’m not surprised Robert also ... Read More»

“The U.S.-Italy Relationship in a Changing World”, Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg

Good afternoon, everyone. It’s a pleasure to welcome you all to Villa Taverna for this timely conversation. Our partner in organizing today’s event is Rome’s preeminent think tank, the Institute for International Affairs, or IAI. We’re honored to have with us today the President of IAI, Ambassador Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, who will be speaking in ... Read More»

The National Police Week

As we observe National Police Week in the United States we seek to highlight the U.S. partnership with Italy’s Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU). Created in 2005, this is a joint effort to improve the quality and capability of formed police units (FPUs) deploying to United Nations (UN) and regional peace operations. ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Kelly Degnan at the Opening Ceremony of ZERO Hackathon

Good afternoon. I’m delighted to be here at the ZERO Hackathon on Sports for Development and Peace. I would like to thank the Italian Society for International Organizations for organizing this event and also the Italian National Olympic Committee for hosting it for the second time. The focus on the role of sports in development ... Read More»

U.S. Implementation, Oversight and Enforcement of the EU-U.S. & Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks

From January 2017 through May 2018, the U.S. Government has taken action to support the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks. These measures enhance privacy protections for EU and Swiss individuals, while ensuring that American and European businesses can count on the Privacy Shield to deliver innovative products and services across the Atlantic. Read More»

Great American Craft Beer Promotion

The Office of Agricultural Affairs, Foreign Agricultural Service, organized a U.S. craft beer tasting to promote new-to-market craft beers from Stone Brewing Co. (California), Rogue Ales (Oregon), and Founders Brewing (Michigan).  Hosted at Villa Taverna by Ambassador Eisenberg, this promotional event targeted Italy’s hospitality sector (pub owners, beer retailers, restaurant owners, and hotel food and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Reception of the American Academy

Good evening everyone, and welcome to Villa Taverna. It is a great pleasure to honor the American Academy in Rome and the women and men who contribute to galvanizing the Academy’s position as one of the most prominent cultural institutions not only in Rome, but in Europe. I’d especially like to welcome the Academy’s President Mark Robbins ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the De Gasperi Foundation event

I would like to thank Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano and the De Gasperi Foundation for their kind invitation to speak today. Thank you also to my fellow panelists and moderator: Ambassador Massari, Ambassador Varrichio, Ambassador Wasum-Rainer, and Mr. Maurizio Molinari. An American poet Wallace Stevens once said, “All history is modern history.” Read More»

Statement by President Trump on Syria

THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans, a short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.  A combined operation with the armed forces of France and the United Kingdom is now underway.  We thank them both. Tonight, I ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at “The Jazz Ambassadors”

Good evening. Dennis, Hugo, alumni of the Young Leaders program, Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Villa Taverna.  It’s a pleasure for us to host you at Villa Taverna this evening. I’ve enjoyed meeting you all, and I can really see what a significant role the Young Leaders program of the Council for the United States ... Read More»

Intervento della Console Generale all’inaugurazione del corso di American Studies

Gli Stati Uniti hanno bisogno di Paesi amici e partner stretti, come l’Italia. La sicurezza e la prosperità dei nostri due Paesi sono strettamente collegate. Lavorando insieme possiamo affrontare meglio le minacce alla sicurezza e alla prosperità e promuovere i nostri valori democratici. In tempi di incertezza politica, diventa ancora più importante preservare e incrementare ... Read More»

Ambassador Eisenberg Participates in International Cooperation Discussion at 2018 Cybersecurity Summit in Rome

Ambassador Eisenberg participated in a roundtable discussion on international cybersecurity cooperation along with UK Ambassador Jill Morris.  Ambassador Eisenberg highlighted cooperation to address cybercrime, strengthen cybersecurity, and encourage responsible behavior in cyber space.   He emphasized the collaborative work the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security carry out ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Italy and Ambassador-Designate to San Marino Lewis Eisenberg

Most Excellent Captains Regent, Mr. Secretary, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is my great pleasure to be here in the UNESCO World Heritage city of San Marino.  Mr. Secretary, thank you for your words of welcome and friendship. The "Most Serene Republic" of San Marino is rightly proud to be regarded as the oldest surviving constitutional ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Eisenberg Met San Marino Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

Minister, thank you very much for the opportunity to meet. I am very pleased to be in your country, which I understand is the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world.  I am also pleased to know that as many as 10 percent of your country's population is made up of American ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the “48 Hour Film Project”

The 48 Hour Film Project is a U.S.-based competition for young and emerging filmmakers.  I emphasize young because once you know the rules, it is clear only the young have the energy to compete. Teams are given only 48 hours to make a movie – to write, shoot and edit it. They can’t really prepare ... Read More»

“Collaboratory 1,2,3 STAR” International Project Announced at “YouLab Pistoia” American Corner

The project, an open source robotics telescope to be used for exoplanet observations, will be built by the participating schools, which include the Fedi Fermi School in Pistoia, Italy; the Richland Two Institute for Innovation in Columbia (SC); Northwestern High School in Albion (PA); and Brunswick High School in Brunswick (GA). Read More»

Sullivan Remarks at the Rome Center for American Studies (CSA)

My purpose in coming here to Rome is to reaffirm, as the President said, the importance of the relationship between the United States and Italy. We have millions of my fellow Americans who trace their ancestry to Italy, we have four million or more Americans who visit Italy every year, a million or more Italians ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Aspen Institute Italia

The United States and Italy have much in common, not just the creativity of the people, but also in the way that we are organized. Small and medium-sized enterprises are at the core of our business culture, and we both value entrepreneurship and innovation. Italy’s growth and prosperity is important to the United States, because ... Read More»

Key Facts About New START Treaty Implementation

Through the Treaty’s verification regime, which includes short-notice, on-site inspections at New START Treaty-related bases and facilities, the United States is able to verify information about the strategic nuclear arsenal of the Russian Federation. The verification regime provides both countries insight into each other’s strategic nuclear delivery systems, warheads, and facilities. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Eisenberg at the Trafficking in Persons Round-table

Thank you to everyone for joining us today. I would like to thank Cesare Sirignano of the Anti-Mafia and Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office for his crucial collaboration in helping to convene this meeting today.  I would also like to thank Joel Maybury and Mark Carlson of the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address

Here tonight are two fathers and two mothers:  Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens.  Their two teenage daughters — Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens — were close friends on Long Island.  But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa’s 16th Birthday, neither of them came home.  These two precious girls were ... Read More»

Ambassador Kozak’s Remarks at the OSCE International Conference Against Anti-Semitism

This conference is a particularly appropriate follow-up to International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  As President Trump said:  “Every generation must learn and apply the lessons of the Holocaust.  We will stamp out prejudice.  We will condemn hatred.  We will bear witness and we will act.” Absent action, the sacred pledge of “Never again” can become empty ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump to the World Economic Forum

But America first does not mean America alone. When the United States grows, so does the world. American prosperity has created countless jobs all around the globe, and the drive for excellence, creativity, and innovation in the U.S. has led to important discoveries that help people everywhere live more prosperous and far healthier lives. Read More»

A New National Security Strategy for a New Era

The publication of the National Security Strategy (NSS) is a milestone for any presidency. A statutorily mandated document, the NSS explains to the American people, U.S. allies and partners, and federal agencies how the President intends to put his national security vision into practice on behalf of fellow citizens. First and foremost, President Donald J. Trump’s NSS ... Read More»

Statement by President Trump on Jerusalem, December 6, 2017

So today, let us rededicate ourselves to a path of mutual understanding and respect. Let us rethink old assumptions and open our hearts and minds to possible and possibilities. And finally, I ask the leaders of the region -- political and religious; Israeli and Palestinian; Jewish and Christian and Muslim -- to join us in ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson Statement on the President’s Decision on Jerusalem

President Trump‘s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital aligns U.S. presence with the reality that Jerusalem is home to Israel’s legislature, Supreme Court, President’s office, and Prime Minister‘s office. We have consulted with many friends, partners, and allies in advance of the President making his decision. We firmly believe there is an opportunity for ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Eisenberg visited USAG Italy in Vicenza

U.S. Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg visited USAG Italy today. He toured #DelDin and #Villaggio housing areas, met with leadership at 173rd Airborne Brigade and U.S. Army Africa to acquaint himself with the U.S. Army mission here. Ambassador Eisenberg also took time to record an AFN Vicenza Holiday message for military families in Italy. U.S. Department of State U.S. Army Europe Installation Management Command Directorate-Europe U.S. Army Europe Read More»

At Christmas tree lighting, President Trump revives the tradition’s religious spirit

On an unseasonably warm November 30, President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participated in the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. With the White House’s south facade as the backdrop, spectators gathered on the Ellipse at President’s Park to watch musical performances from groups such as the Beach Boys and listen to ... Read More»

Ambassador Eisenberg at IAPG 20th Anniversary Reception

I am honored to celebrate the value, ingenuity and innovation that American companies bring to Italy. IAPG has been around for twenty years, but many of their members have a much longer history with Italy.  We are not only celebrating IAPG tonight, but also the strong partnership and historic ties between our two nations.  I ... Read More»

“American Literature First”, Remarks by DCM Kelly Degnan at University of Urbino

One of the U.S. Mission to Italy’s priorities is supporting and promoting American Studies in Italy.  American Studies has historically been a key channel for connecting with Italian youth and universities in Italy, and sharing American values, history, and culture. When I arrived in Rome two years ago, I heard about the decline of American ... Read More»

DCM Kelly Degnan Remarks at International Education Week Event

Encouraging educational exchanges between nations is also vital to our countries’ respective economic competitiveness and growth. U.S. communities and institutions gain intellectual and cross-cultural capital as well as enhanced business and professional networks from contacts with students, teachers and scholars from abroad. Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Eisenberg met with Naples Mayor Luigi de Magistris

As part of his first visit to Naples, Ambassador Lewis M. Eisenberg met with Mayor Luigi de Magistris. Ambassador Eisenberg expressed words of appreciation for the city, which is the first outside of Rome that the Ambassador has visited in his official capacity since his arrival in Italy. Read More»

Ambassador Eisenberg’s Remarks at the Inauguration Ceremony for American Studies

As U.S. Ambassador, it’s important for me to visit as many regions in Italy as possible to gain a deeper understanding of this country, which is such a close friend of the United States. Naples is the first city outside of Rome that I am visiting in my official capacity:  and this is entirely appropriate ... Read More»

Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Papal Visit

Pope visited and conducted a mass at Sicily Rome American Cemetery. This is the first official visit by a Pope to an American overseas war cemetery. The mass commemorated all who have fallen in wars. The American Battle Monuments Commission is proud to welcome Pope Francis to Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy. As a ... Read More»

Ischia G7 Interior Ministers’ Meeting – U.S. Delegation: Elaine C. Duke

Elaine Duke became the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on July 31, 2017. She was previously sworn in as the seventh Deputy Secretary of DHS on April 10, 2017. Prior to her appointment, Acting Secretary Duke was the principal of Elaine Duke & Associates, LLC, where she provided acquisition and business ... Read More»

Statement by the U.S. Secretary for Agriculture at the G7 Agriculture Press Conference

Thank you Minister Martina for your hospitality and for all the preparation that went into the last few days; it’s been a pleasant and productive environment in which to conduct these conversations and very candid discussions among ourselves. I think I share with my colleagues here that the sector which we are involved – food, ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Secretary for Agriculture Sonny Perdue at G-7 Session two

I think the topic today ‘empowering and developing rural areas and enhancing cooperation among ourselves,’ really ties in with the message yesterday. I don’t know really how you can develop rural areas without empowering farmers and I think again as we focus on those interrelationships there, our rural areas are only going to be developed ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Secretary for Agriculture Sonny Perdue at G-7 Session one

I’d like to thank Minister Martina and his excellent display of why we are all here.  Obviously it's my first time visiting you all, and I look forward to getting to know each of you personally in my role of Secretary of Agriculture of the United States. Dealing with empowering farmers I think certainly is a challenge for all ... Read More»

Coding Girls Press Conference (in Italian)

Saluto con piacere e ringrazio per la loro presenza Mirta Michilli, direttrice della Fondazione a cui tra breve passerò la parola,  Paola Andreozzi da Microsoft (TBC), e Donatella Solda dal Ministero dell’Università, Istruzione e Ricerca.  Desidero anche rivolgere un saluto e un ringraziamento all’Università di Roma La Sapienza, al Politecnico di Milano, all’Università di Salerno ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg, Senator Shelby, Senator Leahy and six-member U.S. Congressional Met with Governor Visco

U.S. Ambassador Lewis Eisenberg and a six-member U.S. Congressional delegation led by Senator Shelby of Alabama and Senator Leahy of Vermont met with Governor Ignazio Visco of the Bank of Italy on Monday, 9 October.  The ninety-minute meeting at the Bank's offices in Palazzo Koch was a positive exchange regarding topics of mutual interest centered ... Read More»

Turin G7 Ministerial Lab. – U.S. Delegation: Martha E. Newton

Martha E. Newton was named Deputy Undersecretary of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on September 1, 2017. Deputy Undersecretary Newton’s appointment marks a return to the Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), where she served as Associate Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs from 2002-2006, leading the formulation of international economic, ... Read More»

Turin G7 Ministerial Lab. – U.S. Delegation: Mark A. Mittelhauser

Mark Mittelhauser was named Associate Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs on January 16, 2012. In this position, he helps to lead the Bureau of International Labor Affairs' efforts to promote worker rights and strengthen livelihoods globally. Prior to this position, Mittelhauser directed the U.S. Department of State's Office of International Labor Affairs and was an ... Read More»

Press Statement from Dr. France A. Córdova at G7 Science Ministerial Meeting

The United States recognizes that science and technology are critical to achieving our highest priorities: national security, economic growth, and job creation. The ingenuity of our research community, in partnership with the government and the private sector, has built an innovation ecosystem whose successes originate with investments in basic research. The history of science is ... Read More»

Opening Statement by Dr. France Córdova at G7 Science Ministerial Meeting

Good morning, and thank for the opportunity to address the 2017 G7 Science Ministerial. I am France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation. I am honored to represent the United States of America today. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Minister Fedeli and the Government of Italy for hosting us in ... Read More»

G7 Science Session 3 Statement: Research Infrastructure

The United States agrees that maintaining and modernizing research infrastructure is critical to getting the best value out of research and development investments. State-of-the-art research infrastructure provides us with unique capabilities, ensuring that the science and technology workforce has the capabilities it needs to conduct world-leading research. As we noted in session 2, innovative partnership ... Read More»

G7 Science Session 2 Statement: Innovation

The United States recognizes that investments in fundamental research can lead to emerging technologies, and create ingredients important for innovation ecosystems to thrive.  It is a goal to expand the number and diversity of innovation ecosystems, and one way to do this is through a variety and diversity of partnerships. In the United States, government ... Read More»

Remarks by Dr. France A. Córdova at a Joint Press Conference by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Gravitational-Wave Observatory

Thank you, Director Ferrini, and thank you all for joining us for today’s press conference. Today marks an exciting milestone in the growing international scientific effort to unlock the extraordinary mysteries of our Universe. A little more than a year and a half ago, the U.S. National Science Foundation announced that our Laser Gravitational Wave Observatory ... Read More»

Turin G7 Ministerial Sci. – U.S. Delegation: Dr. France Córdova

France A. Córdova is an astrophysicist and the 14th director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the only government agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.  NSF is a $7.5 billion independent federal agency; its programs and initiatives keep the United States at ... Read More»

Turin G7 Ministerial Sci. – U.S. Delegation: Rebecca Kaiser

Rebecca Kaiser joined the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) in 2015.  She came to the National Science Foundation (NSF) from NASA, where she was a special advisor for Innovation and Public-Private Partnerships, reporting to the NASA Administrator and an executive-in-residence at American University.  Prior to that, she held several positions with NASA, including ... Read More»

Remarks by Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President and Head of the U.S. Delegation to the G7 ICT Industry Ministerial

I’d like to thank Minister Calenda and the entire Italian team for their warm welcome and exceptional work hosting the G7. It has been a pleasure to be in this beautiful city with my colleagues from the other G7 nations, discussing the technological innovation necessary to advance job creation, the global economy, and security. At ... Read More»

Turin G7 Ministerial Ind. – U.S. Delegation: Michael Kratsios

Michael is a Deputy Assistant to the President and the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer. He advises the White House on a broad range of technology priorities, and through his leadership at the Office of Science and Technology Policy he helps drive U.S. technology policies and strategic initiatives. In this capacity he helps encourage the ... Read More»

Turin G7 Ministerial Ind. – U.S. Delegation: Ted Ullyot

Ted Ullyot is a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, where he heads up the firm’s Policy & Regulatory Affairs group. Ted’s professional background is a mix of Silicon Valley and Washington DC. He was General Counsel of Facebook from 2008 to 2013, a tenure that included the Winklevoss litigation, taking the company public, ... Read More»

Turin G7 Ministerial Ind. – U.S. Delegation: Dyan Gibbens

Dyan studied engineering, instructed skydiving, and learned to fly at the US Air Force Academy. While serving as an Acquisitions Officer managing stealth nuclear cruise missiles, a type of unmanned aircraft, she earned her MBA. Dyan then managed Air Force One and Global Hawk UAS engineering and logistics. Her Ph.D. research in UAS/drones, RFID, wireless systems, ... Read More»

Turin G7 Ministerial Ind. – U.S. Delegation: Tucker Balch

Tucker Balch is a former USAF fighter pilot and now professor at Georgia Tech where he teaches courses in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Finance. He is also Chief Scientist at FinTech startup Lucena Research, Inc. Lucena is an investment software firm that focuses on Machine Learning and Big Data solutions for hedge funds and large ... Read More»

Turin G7 Ministerial Ind. – U.S. Delegation: Kirk Borne

In addition, he consults with numerous external organizations, industries, agencies, and partners in the use of large data repositories and machine learning for discovery, decision support, and innovation. Previously, he was Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science at George Mason University for 12 years where he did research, taught, and advised students in data science. Prior to that, Kirk spent nearly ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Strengthens Security Standards For Traveling to America

Earlier this year, the President signed Executive Order 13780, which asked the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a new minimum baseline for how much information sharing with foreign nations is required to determine whether their nationals seeking entry into the United States present security threats to our Nation. The new baseline furthers the aims ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates: Welcome to New York. It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world. As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that ... Read More»

President Trump’s Opening Remarks at the United Nations General Assembly

President Donald J. Trump opened the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York with comments on the need for international cooperation on UN reform. He was flanked by UN Secretary General António Guterres and United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who provided opening remarks. Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Advisor ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at the Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development Meeting

I actually saw great potential right across the street, to be honest with you, and it was only for the reason that the United Nations was here that that turned out to be such a successful project.   So I want to thank you, Ambassador Haley, for your introduction and for your steadfast advocacy for ... Read More»

Welcome Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Degnan

As always, it is a pleasure to be here at the Centro Studi Americani. I would like to begin my brief remarks by congratulating Professor Sergio Fabbrini on his latest accomplishment: the publication of his 15 th book: Sdoppiamento – Una prospettiva nuova per l’Europa. I am pleased that Professor Fabbrini chose Centro Studi Americani ... Read More»

On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

Today we remember the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and honor the heroes who valiantly saved many lives that day, even sacrificing their own. Their courage on that day remains an example of the character of the American people in the face of evil. Though our country was wounded that day, ... Read More»

Chargè d’Affaires Kelly Degnan Commemorates 9/11 with Rome City Representatives

Sixteen years have passed since the terrible events of September 11, 2001.  For many of us, the brutal deaths of nearly three thousand people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania marked a moment of stark awakening, when terrorism became far too real.  In an instant, the lives of ordinary ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims September 11, 2017, as Patriot Day

Throughout history, everyday Americans and first responders have done the extraordinary through selfless acts of patriotism, compassion, and uncommon courage.  Not just in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, but across our great Nation, Americans on September 11, 2001, bound themselves together for the common good, saying with one voice that we will be neither scared ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at the 9/11 Memorial Observance

I want to thank you, Secretary Mattis, General Dunford, members of the Cabinet, members of the Armed Forces, first responders, and most importantly, to the families and to the survivors:  It’s an honor to join you on this very, very solemn occasion.  This is an occasion that is extraordinary, and it will always be extraordinary. ... Read More»

United States and India To Co-Host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India, November 28-30

President Donald J. Trump announced the Summit during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House on June 26, 2017. The theme of GES this year is Women First, Prosperity for All, which highlights that when women do better, countries do better. GES 2017 will create an environment that empowers innovators, ... Read More»

Palazzo Margherita façades conservation Project

The first phase of the Palazzo Margherita facades conservation project is complete.   Palazzo Margherita, the current chancery for the Embassy of the United States of America to Italy, was originally palazzo Boncompagni Ludovisi prior to becoming the residence of the first queen of Italy, Margherita di Savoia. The project, by the Studio DDM Architetti Associati ... Read More»

State Department Releases Country Reports on Terrorism 2016

Today the State Department released its annual report, Country Reports on Terrorism 2016, which provides the Department of State’s annual Congressionally-mandated assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that transpired from January 1 to December 31, 2016. The report provides policy-related assessments, country-by-country breakdowns of foreign government counterterrorism cooperation; and contains information on state ... Read More»

International Conference on Protecting Religious Communities

“Protecting Religious Communities”, Remarks by Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia July 13, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) Religious minorities face a critical moment, as religious diversity is under assault in many areas of the world. Attacks by ISIS and other terrorists, as well as repression ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Degnan Celebrates Independence Day 2017

Over the past year since we last celebrated together here, we’ve seen some transitions in America, Italy, and Europe. Those transitions brought new faces, new thinking, and sometimes different approaches, as transitions often do. What has not changed, though, is the fundamental friendship between Americans and Italians, which we are also celebrating here tonight. We ... Read More»

Statement From Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on the Current Situation in Syria

As organized military efforts to defeat ISIS on the ground in Syria continue, the United States and our partners in the Coalition to Defeat ISIS are committed to ensuring that civilians from recently liberated areas can begin the process of returning home and rebuilding their lives. Actors in Syria must remember that our fight is ... Read More»

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Phone Call with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy to discuss the agenda for the upcoming G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany and to renew his appreciation for the Prime Minister’s efforts in hosting the exceptional G7 Summit in May. President Trump also underscored his appreciation for Italy’s efforts to address the ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Europe Conrad Tribble Travels to Italy

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Europe Conrad Tribble was in Italy for two days of meetings with Embassy officials and Italian counterparts as part of broader European travel including the European Union – United States Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs in Malta. Mr. Tribble had a series of internal meetings, as ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Degnan Hosts Iftar Dinner to Muslim Contacts

On June 20, Chargé d'Affaires Kelly Degnan welcomed 80 guests to the Embassy’s Iftar reception, including second-generation Italian Muslims, alumni of exchange programs, imams, members of the diplomatic corps from Muslim-majority nations, and NGO representatives active in promoting interfaith and intercultural dialogue. In her remarks, the Chargé highlighted the long history of the U.S. as ... Read More»

Cagliari G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Elaine L. Chao

Secretary Chao comes to the U.S. Department of Transportation with extensive experience in the transportation sector. Early in her career, she specialized in transportation financing in the private sector. She began her executive career in public service working on transportation and trade issues at the White House. She then served as Deputy Maritime Administrator, U. ... Read More»

United States Resets Climate Change Discussion At G7

Respective of the importance to engage with longstanding allies and key international partners, we approached the climate discussions head on from a position of strength and clarity. We are resetting the dialogue to say Paris is not the only way forward to making progress. Today's action of reaching consensus makes clear that the Paris Agreement ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Degnan at the Fulbright Final Meeting

The US-Italy Fulbright Commission is now dawning on its seventh decade: since 1948, our two nations have worked together to promote peace and scholarship through these educational exchanges that you are embarking upon or have just finished. By pursuing this experience to teach or continue your studies, you are promoting the peaceful exchange of cultures ... Read More»

2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month

In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. We also recognize that LGBTI persons continue to face the threat of violence and discrimination. Violence ... Read More»

Bologna G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Scott Pruitt

Scott Pruitt Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency On February 17, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt as the 14th Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Most recently, Pruitt served as the Attorney General for Oklahoma.  Almost immediately upon taking office, he worked with his Democratic counterpart in Arkansas to reach ... Read More»

Bologna G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Lincoln Ferguson

A fourth generation Oklahoman, Lincoln Ferguson currently serves at the United States Environmental Protection Agency as Senior Advisor to the Administrator for the Office of Public Affairs. Lincoln is the primary spokesman for the Administrator and fulfills the duties of speech writing and operating social media platforms as well as coordinates all media inquiries. Prior ... Read More»

Bologna G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Sarah Greenwalt

Ms. Greenwalt currently serves as the Administrator’s Senior Advisor for Water and Cross-Cutting Issues, advising on critical, sensitive matters pertaining to Agency programs on water initiatives and managing both internal and external Agency policy development and rulemaking efforts on major Administration water policy issues. As her title reflects, she also serves as a senior advisor ... Read More»

Bologna G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Samantha K. Dravis

Samantha Dravis currently serves as Senior Counsel and Associate Administrator, Office of Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Office of Policy is the primary policy arm of EPA, providing multi-disciplinary analytic skills, management support, and special expertise in the areas of regulatory policy and management, environmental economics, strategic environmental management, and sustainable communities. Read More»

Bologna G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Mark Kasman

Mark Kasman is Director for Regional and Bilateral Affairs in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs. In this role he manages EPA’s relationships with every country around the world. Previously, Mark served as EPA’s Senior Advisor for Asia-Pacific and Europe Programs. On loan from EPA in 2003-2005, Mark served as ... Read More»

Bologna G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Jane Nishida

Jane Nishida is the Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA), having previously served as the Director of the Office of Regional and Bilateral Affairs within OITA. In her current capacity, she leads EPA's international and tribal portfolios, and is responsible for the full range of EPA's environmental policy development ... Read More»

Bologna G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Mandy Gunasekara

Mandy Gunasekara joined the Environmental Protection Agency in March and serves as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation. Previously, Mandy served as Majority Counsel for Chairman Inhofe during the 114th Congress and for Chairman Barrasso during the 115th Congress on the United States Senate Environment and Public ... Read More»

Italian Republic National Day

The United States and Italy are strong partners, Allies, and friends. Throughout America’s history, Italian-Americans have enriched our communities by sharing their cultural heritage. This deep and enduring friendship, founded on mutual respect, trust, and affection is not one we take for granted. Rather, it is one we rekindle and strengthen every time we come ... Read More»

President Trump Announces U.S. Withdrawal From the Paris Climate Accord

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and begin negotiations to either re-enter or negotiate an entirely new agreement with more favorable terms for the United States. The decision is a fulfillment of the promise President Trump made to the American people during his campaign. ... Read More»

Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord

In my meetings at the G7, we have taken historic steps to demand fair and reciprocal trade that gives Americans a level playing field against other nations. We’re also working very hard for peace in the Middle East, and perhaps even peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Our attacks on terrorism are greatly stepped ... Read More»

Remarks by the Vice President Introducing President Trump’s Statement on the Paris Accord

Since the first day of this administration, President Donald Trump has been working tirelessly to keep the promises that he made to the American people. President Trump has been reforming healthcare, enforcing our laws, ending illegal immigration, rebuilding our military. And this President has been rolling back excessive regulations and unfair trade practices that were ... Read More»

The Rome Chamber Music Festival is back!

Founded and directed by American violinist Robert McDuffie, the Rome Chamber Music Festival is one of Rome’s most anticipated cultural events. The festival celebrates its fourteenth season in 2017 with a spectacular new program that includes classical and contemporary chamber music masterpieces, from baroque to bluegrass, played by internationally known artists and rising stars selected ... Read More»

A Day of Remembrance

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and our citizens' desire to honor our fallen heroes by decorating their graves with flowers, and later our flag. We continue that ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to Troops and Families

And I'm trying to figure out who’s in that helicopter that is coming in. It may be Prime Minister Abe. It may be Justin from Canada. Great people. We made a lot of good friends this week, I'll tell you, a lot of good friends. They’re good people. America is very blessed with a lot ... Read More»

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

President Donald J. Trump met today with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan in Taormina, Italy, before the start of the G7 Summit. In the wake of the horrific terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom, the two leaders reaffirmed their shared resolve to cooperate to the fullest extent possible to counter ... Read More»

Statement from First Lady Melania Trump on her Visit to Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital

“My visit to Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital today was very moving. To spend time speaking to and coloring with children who have such a positive spirit despite illness was an amazing gift," stated First Lady Melania Trump. "The time I spent with the little ones in the Intensive Care Unit is something I will never ... Read More»

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin

The Pope and the President discussed how religious communities can combat human suffering in crisis regions, such as Syria, Libya, and ISIS-controlled territory. The President affirmed that the United States and the Holy See share many fundamental values and seek to engage globally to promote human rights, combat human suffering, and protect religious freedom. Read More»

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni

President Donald J. Trump today held meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. The leaders discussed the alliance between the United States and Italy, as well as priorities in the areas of defense cooperation, counterterrorism, and efforts to deny terrorists safe havens from Mali to Libya to Iraq to Afghanistan. President ... Read More»

Melania Trump Announces Inaugural Foreign Trip as First Lady of the United States

The First Lady will join her husband throughout each day, but will also participate in many of her own events. In the latter part of the trip, Mrs. Trump will attend spousal programs at the NATO and G-7 summits. She will conclude the trip by delivering remarks to United States military personnel and families in ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Degnan’s Remarks at Temple University Rome 50th Anniversary

Educational exchanges are important, now more than ever. They promote mutual understanding and create ties between future leaders. They help bring a very human face to a chaotic, globalized world. As Senator William Fulbright once observed “The essence of intercultural education is the acquisition of empathy – the ability to see the world as others ... Read More»

Briefing on Syria

The facts we’re presenting today are based on reporting from international and local nongovernmental organizations, press reporting, and also Intelligence Community assessments. The continued brutality of the Assad regime, including its use of chemical weapons, presents a clear threat to regional stability and security as well as to the national security interests of the United ... Read More»

Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson on Secretary Mnuchin’s Meeting with German Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schauble

Earlier today, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin met with Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schauble of Germany. Secretary Mnuchin and Minister Schauble discussed further collaboration on shared economic interests between the United States and Germany, as well as multilateral economic and finance issues involving Germany's G-20 presidency. Secretary Mnuchin stressed the importance of the EU ... Read More»

Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson on Secretary Mnuchin’s Meeting with Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso

On Friday, 12, May U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin met with Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso of Japan. Secretary Mnuchin and Minister Aso discussed further collaboration on shared economic interests between the United States and Japan. Secretary Mnuchin thanked Minister Aso for Japan’s strong partnership and stressed the importance of the ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Degnan at the Opening of U.S. Pavilion

Since the U.S. Pavilion opened in 1930, dozens of art biennales have been held in this gracious structure. That 1930 opening, by the way, was attended by then United States Ambassador to Italy, John W. Garrett. Since then, it has become a tradition of sorts for the United States ambassador or Chargé d’Affaires to come ... Read More»

Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson on Secretary Mnuchin’s Meeting with Italian Minister of Economy and Finance Pier Carlo Padoan

​BARI, ITALY – Earlier today, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin met with Minister of Economy and Finance Pier Carlo Padoan of Italy. Secretary Mnuchin and Minister Padoan reviewed recent economic developments in the Italian, European and global economies. The Secretary congratulated Minister Padoan on Italy's successful presidency of the G-7. Read More»

Bari G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Steven Terner Mnuchin

As Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. Mnuchin is responsible for the executive branch agency whose mission is to maintain a strong economy, foster economic growth, and create job opportunities by promoting the conditions that enable prosperity and stability at home and abroad. He is also responsible for strengthening national security by combating economic threats and ... Read More»

Bari G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Janet L. Yellen

Janet L. Yellen took office as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on February 3, 2014, for a four-year term ending February 3, 2018. Dr. Yellen also serves as Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System's principal monetary policymaking body. Prior to her appointment as Chair, Dr. Yellen ... Read More»

Briefing on the Arctic Council Ministerial Share

And one other thing I would mention: In the past years, two other agreements that have been signed previously have been implemented rather successfully over the last two years. One relates to improving search-and-rescue in the arctic region, and the second relates to preparing and responding to potential oil pollution incidents in the Arctic. Over ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Foreign Travel

[...] Traveling next to Italy, President Trump will meet with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss cooperation between the United States and religious communities in areas of joint concern. He will also meet, in Rome, with President Mattarella of Italy, who will later host the G-7, to discuss multilateral cooperation and bilateral ... Read More»

Clemantine Wamaryia is in Italy

Clemantine Wamariya, an American social entrepreneur and human rights advocate who is committed to cultivating leaders and innovators through the power of storytelling, spoke in a series of programs in Rome on May 4th and 5th. She gave presentations to youth, migrants, and NGO representatives, drawing on her personal stories of her childhood in Rwanda ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Degnan for Wine Tasting Event

Welcome to Villa Pinciana. I am delighted to have you here, in this beautiful residence tonight, to taste and enjoy American wines from Washington State. The U.S. Embassy and the United States Department of Agriculture are pleased to introduce you to Pomum Cellars, one of America’s hottest new wineries. It is an enchanting boutique winery ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Tillerson on World Press Freedom Day

Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would not otherwise hear. They are the guardians of democratic values and ideals. The ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Degnan at “One Arctic” Opening Ceremony

Let me thank the Italian Society for International Organizations for organizing this worthwhile four-day marathon and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for hosting it. Bringing together people and resources for an undertaking such as this involves a tremendous cooperative effort on the part of the organizers. I commend SIOI for moving this initiative forward ... Read More»

Space Apps Challenge Returns to Earth

Over 250 young scientists and engineers, mixed with designers, graphic artists and communicators, participated to the Rome's edition, where 16 teams proposed their ideas to improve life on Earth working on solutions to challenges in the five areas proposed by NASA, from improving knowledge of environmental issues, to preventing natural disasters. Among other guests, we ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Gentiloni of Italy in Joint Press Conference

Mr. Prime Minister, I'm thrilled that you are here today to discuss how we can make this great relationship even more productive in the years to come. On the economy, Italy is one of America’s largest trading partners. A lot of people don’t know that. We both seek a trading relationship that is balanced, reciprocal ... Read More»

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Press Availability Share

Good afternoon, all. The Trump administration is currently conducting across the entire government a review of our Iran policy. Today I’d like to address Iran’s alarming and ongoing provocations that export terror and violence, destabilizing more than one country at a time. Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and is responsible for ... Read More»

The 30th Anniversary of the Missile Technology Control Regime Share

Thirty years ago on April 16, 1987, the United States and its G-7 partners (Canada, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom) announced the formation of the MTCR. The focus of this partnership is to restrict the transfer of missiles capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction and related technologies. ... Read More»

State Department Terrorist Designations of Tarek Sakr and Farah Mohamed Shirdon

The Department of State has designated Tarek Sakr and Farah Mohamed Shirdon as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the ... Read More»

Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a Press Availability

Earlier today, Foreign Minister Lavrov and I had a lengthy conversation about issues that require immediate attention and issues that require longer-term attention. We understand that improvement in the long-term relationship will be required if we are to make progress on issues where we have different views. We spoke extensively about Syria, and in some ... Read More»

Remarks With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Before Their Meeting

We also had telephone conversations since that time, and as we’ve often agreed, our lines of communication shall always remain open. Our meeting today comes at an important moment in the relationship so that we can further clarify areas of common objectives, areas of common interest, even when our tactical approaches may be different, and ... Read More»

G7 Foreign Ministers Stand United to Face Pressing International Challenges

While the statement covers nearly two dozen regions and topics of interest ranging from Middle East and Africa to maritime security, the issues of counterterrorism, defeating ISIS, and the crises in Iraq and Syria were adressed at great length. The statement acknowledged that international cooperation remains of paramount importance in the fight against terrorism. Regarding ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson: United States Will Stand Up to Those Who Commit Crimes Against ‘Innocents’

Today, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attended a ceremony at the Sant'Anna di Stazzema memorial in Italy, which is dedicated to the victims of the massacre committed in the village by the Nazis in 1944 during World War II. At the wreath laying ceremony at Sant’Anna Secretary Tillerson stated, “We remember the events of ... Read More»

Interview with Secretary of State Tillerson on Situation in Syria

And once the ISIS threat has been reduced or eliminated, I think we can turn our attention directly to stabilizing the situation in Syria. We’re hopeful that we can prevent a continuation of the civil war and that we can bring the parties to the table to begin the process of political discussions. Clearly, that ... Read More»

Secretary of State Tillerson To Travel to Lucca and Moscow

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Lucca, Italy, April 9-11 to attend the G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The G-7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting provides a venue for the foreign ministers to discuss global political and security issues of mutual concern. Their discussions will set the stage for the G-7 Leaders’ Summit which President ... Read More»

Secretary Perry Will Lead U.S. Delegation to G7 Energy Ministerial in Rome

Rick Perry currently serves as the 14th United States Secretary of Energy. He leads an agency tasked with maintaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent and reducing the threat of nuclear proliferation, overseeing the United States’ energy supply, carrying out the environmental clean-up from the Cold War nuclear mission, and managing the 17 National ... Read More»

Statement by President Trump on Syria

My fellow Americans: On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. ... Read More»

Ambassador D. Bruce Wharton Press Statement

As we discussed this afternoon, cultural heritage sites and objects globally are at grave risk, not only from natural disasters, but also from man-made destruction, looting, and trafficking at the hands of terrorist organizations and criminal networks. Cherished heritage sites and precious artifacts from Timbuktu in Mali to Palmyra in Syria and the Mosul Museum ... Read More»

U.S. Department of State and Smithsonian Partner on Emergency Cultural Heritage Work in Iraq

Nimrud, located about 20 miles south of Mosul, was under the control of ISIS until November 2016. During the city’s captivity, many important historical sites and artifacts were damaged or destroyed. The project builds on the Smithsonian’s work at the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq which was established ... Read More»

U.S. Vote at the UN on the Destruction and Trafficking of Cultural Heritage by Terrorist Groups

The policy of the United States government is clear: the unlawful destruction or trafficking of cultural heritage is deplorable – we unequivocally oppose it, and we will take all feasible steps to halt, limit, and discourage it. Over the past two decades, we have seen damage to and destruction of our shared cultural heritage on ... Read More»

Florence G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Alyson L. Grunder

Alyson Grunder is the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Policy in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). She oversees the Bureau’s Alumni Affairs, Collaboratory, Public-Private Partnerships, Policy and Evaluation divisions as well as ECA’s Cultural Heritage Center, and ensures that ECA programs are aligned with and advancing White House and Department of State ... Read More»

Florence G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Maria P. Kouroupas

She oversees the technical and administrative support requirements of U.S. implementation of the 1970 UNESCO Convention the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. This includes support for the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, a statutory committee appointed by the President of the United States. Read More»

Florence G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Catherine P. Foster

Dr. Catherine P. Foster is Senior Cultural Property Analyst for the Cultural Heritage Center in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She administers several international treaties for the protection of cultural property against pillage and trafficking with countries in Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Read More»

Florence G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Aviva Rosenthal

She has more than 20 years of diverse experience in government, business and the non-profit sector. At OIR, Aviva manages a vast portfolio of strategic partnerships between the Smithsonian Institution and international governments, foundations, NGOs, and other organizations, as well as ongoing collaborations between the Smithsonian and various U.S. federal agencies including the U.S. Department ... Read More»

Florence G7 Ministerial – U.S. Delegation: Raymond Villanueva

Raymond Villanueva is the Director for the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Office of International Operations. In this position, Mr. Villanueva is responsible for a budget of more than $160 million and the operational oversight of 66 offices in 49 countries and 8 Department of Defense liaison officers with over 400 personnel. Mr. Villanueva has more ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Degnan Remarks on Retake Rome

Good morning, I would like thank you all for coming out to do your part to make Rome more beautiful. We are especially honored to have with us here this morning the Comune di Roma’s Councillor for Environmental Sustainability Pinuccia Montanari, and the President of Retake Roma, Simone Vellucci. The municipality, private companies, and non-governmental ... Read More»

International Women’s Day: Gender Protection for Peace Support Operations

U.S. Embassy in Rome Chargé d’Affaires Kelly Degnan opened CoESPU’s 5th gender protection course and underscored the importance of training on women’s rights, gender equality, and combating violence against women in order to achieve our shared goal of peace and security. The initiative is a reflection of our determination to renew our commitment to human ... Read More»

CG Countryman Remarks at an International Women’s Day event hosted by the Allied Joint Force Command Naples

Today, I want to talk to you about the State Department’s commitment to promoting women’s rights through U.S. foreign policy, especially since 1995 when we established the Global Office of Women’s Issues.  For over twenty years, this office has worked to ensure that women’s issues are considered in formulating and conducting our foreign policy. It’s ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Degnan at University of Trento

With fewer professors, there are fewer degree opportunities for graduate students which mean that fewer students pursue academic careers in American Studies. Equally important, it means that fewer students have the opportunity to learn about American history and literature since fewer courses are being taught by academic experts…it’s a vicious circle. Read More»

Remarks by President Trump in Joint Address to Congress

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States -- (applause) -- and citizens of America: Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation's path towards civil rights and the work that ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Degnan at University of Trento

I am very happy to be here today for the inauguration of this new American History course: “The United States in the World, 1898-2012.” This represents a major accomplishment by both the University of Trento and the U.S. Mission to Italy. Over the past few years, we have been disappointed to observe the decline of ... Read More»

Mattis Praises Italy’s Security Contributions in First Meeting With Defense Minister

In his first meeting with his Italian counterpart in today, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis thanked Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti for her country’s hospitality for U.S. forces and its contributions to various security missions. The two defense leaders met in Brussels on the sidelines of a NATO defense ministers conference to discuss “the close and enduring ... Read More»

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy to discuss strengthening bilateral cooperation across a range of shared interests, including security and counterterrorism. The leaders discussed Libya, the influx of migrants and refugees into Europe, as well as Italy's priorities, and the upcoming G-7 meeting in Italy. President Trump reiterated ... Read More»

National African American History Month, 2017

For generations, African Americans have embodied the shared progress of our Nation. Through toil and struggle and with courageous actions that have broken barriers, they have made America a better place to live and work for everybody. Women like Katherine Johnson, a pioneer in space history whose work helped America win the Space Race, and ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé Kelly Degnan at Inauguration Watch Event

Today is Inauguration Day and we are about to witness an historic moment in my nation’s history: The swearing-in of a new President. In approximately 40 minutes, President-elect Donald John Trump will become the 45th President of the United States of America. This will be America’s 58th presidential inauguration. I would like to spend the ... Read More»

Third National Congress on the Alternative Justice System

The Ambassador views civil justice reform as a way Italy could make itself a more attractive destination for foreign direct investment. He has made this a central part of his message on the Italian economy during his time in Italy. He has given speeches in Milan, Florence, and Rome to business leaders and to students ... Read More»

“The New Government Should Proceed with Reforms”, interview with U.S. Ambassador John Phillips

“It’s important that whichever government there is, or whoever is in charge, they should keep an eye on reforms. They can’t be dropped from the agenda,” states the U.S. Ambassador, John R. Phillips while speaking about the changes that have been in discussion for years to update the Italian political system, the machinery of Justice, ... Read More»

FBI Returns Roman Statue of Peplophoros Stolen in Villa Torlonia, Rome

FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael McGarrity of the New York Field Office and Joon H. Kim, Deputy U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, formally presented the Torlonia Peplophoros statue to Generale di Brigata Fabrizio Parrulli of Italy’s Carabinieri in a ceremony today at the New York Historical Society Library. The statue ... Read More»

President’s Call with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

President Obama spoke today by phone with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy to thank him for the close friendship and partnership the leaders enjoyed during the Prime Minister’s tenure. President Obama and Prime Minister Renzi discussed the outcome of Italy’s December 4 constitutional referendum. The President emphasized that Italy will remain one of the ... Read More»

Talent Garden Blooms in Rome

PA Rome facilitated the visit of Ambassador John Phillips and Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs Todd Avery to Talent Garden (TAG) on December 6. TAG, a Milan-based a start-up, recently opened a co-working space in Rome, marking its 13th outpost in Italy, after also inaugurating spaces in four other European countries. Cisco, together with IBM ... Read More»

Secretary Kerry’s Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Share

The following is attributable to Elizabeth Trudeau, Director, Press Operations: Secretary Kerry met today in Rome with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Secretary Kerry expressed the United States' ongoing grave concerns over the situation in Syria, particularly the attacks on civilians in Aleppo. ‎ The two leaders discussed efforts to advance discussions on a Cessation ... Read More»

Joint Press Availability With Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni

We’ve updated our ideas on various international issues that we are working on together, and Italy has always been grateful for the U.S. leadership in Yemen. We also spoke of the Syrian crisis; and as I already said at the press conference after the meeting with Minister Lavrov, we cannot build up a path towards ... Read More»

SIOI Zero Hackathon Official Opening FAO

Good morning! It is a pleasure to be here with you today to launch this important event that embraces collaborative problem solving with the goal of producing solutions to some of the most challenging issues we face today. I would like to thank SIOI for sponsoring this event and FAO for providing such a beautiful ... Read More»

DCM Degnan at Coding Girls Workshop

Buon pomeriggio a tutti! E’ un grande piacere per me essere qui al Volterra oggi, tra tanti giovani. Una bella sensazione quella di guardare il futuro, e ho davanti agli occhi un futuro pieno di impegno e di promesse. So che una parte di questo impegno e una parte molto importante dal mio punto di ... Read More»

American Express Pride Network in Italy

It is a pleasure to join you today for the launch of the American Express Pride Network. I would like to congratulate American Express for establishing the Italian chapter of this program, which highlights the value of diversity and underlines your efforts to gain equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at the “Centennial of the American National Parks Service”

Buonasera and thank you for being here to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service. Let me start by thanking Brand USA, the destination-marketing organization for the United States, which had the wonderful idea of creating a 3D documentary together with MacGillivray Freeman Films to celebrate the first 100 years of the National Park ... Read More»

U.S. After the Presidential Elections. DCM Kelly Degnan in Bologna and Forlì

On November 16, DCM Kelly Degnan traveled to Bologna and Forlì to give two lectures on post-election issues. The DCM provided an overview of the U.S. Presidential transition process. Approximately 80 students of Political Science and other faculties attended the presentation in Bologna and 300 in Forlì. Each event was followed by an extended Q&A ... Read More»

President-Elect Trump and Secretary Clinton Speeches After Election Results

President-Elect Trump: "I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone — all people and all other nations. We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict." Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at “America Decides” Election Night Event

Welcome to “America Decides,” where an estimated 134 million voting Americans will determine who will occupy the White House for the next four years, and which parties will control the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. Whatever happens, of one thing we can be sure: This election will change history like never before. Read More»

Whistleblowing: A Tool to Fight Fraud and Corruption, The American and Italian Perspectives

On October 20, 2016, U.S. Ambassador John Phillips hosts a conference on “Whistleblowing: A Tool to Fight Fraud and Corruption, The American and Italian Perspectives” Follow live here the introductory remarks by Ambassador John Phillips, Italian Minister of Justice Andrea Orlando, and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch who will give her keynote address on “The ... Read More»

Tribute to Gregory Peck

To celebrate the CENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF HOLLYWOOD STAR GREGORY PECK, on October 18 there was a screening of the 1953 film ROMAN HOLIDAY, starring Peck and Audrey Hepburn. This very special screening was set at Piazza di Spagna within the frame of the 11th Festa del Cinema di Roma. Read More»

Obama and Renzi Toast Remarks at State Dinner

Toast Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Renzi of Italy at State Dinner The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release October 18, 2016 South Lawn Tent 9:21 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good evening, everybody!  Buonasera!  On behalf of Michelle and myself, welcome to the White House.  And welcome to the final ... Read More»

Remarks by Vice President Biden, Secretary Kerry and Italian PM Renzi at State Luncheon

Our two nations are NATO allies; we work together extremely closely in Afghanistan and Iraq. We are partners in training international peacekeepers and security forces. We stand side by side in the fight against terrorist groups who are trying to destroy the very civilization that Roman lawmakers, philosophers, and artists did so much to create. Read More»

Press Conference of President Obama and PM Renzi

Press Conference of President Obama and Prime Minister Renzi of the Republic of Italy The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release October 18, 2016 Rose Gargen 11:44 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Please, everybody have a seat.  Salve.   Once again, I want to welcome Prime Minister Renzi and his delegation back to ... Read More»

Remarks by President Obama and PM Renzi in Arrival Ceremony

And in Italy, and in Prime Minister Renzi, the United States has a partner with whom we share a common vision. Inclusive, growing economies that create opportunity and reduce injustice and inequality. A Europe that is whole, and free, and at peace. A strong NATO alliance committed to our collective defense and united in the ... Read More»

Fact Sheet: United States-Italy Cooperation

The United States and Italy are working together bilaterally and through the NATO Alliance on international security and humanitarian efforts such as the Counter-ISIL Coalition, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, and the refugee and migration crisis in the Mediterranean. Italy is a strong partner and leader in the global effort to counter terrorism and violent extremism, and ... Read More»

President Obama interviewed by “La Repubblica”

Exclusive interview with US President: "Italy is at the forefront of the refugee crisis. But a small number of nations on the frontlines can’t bear this heavy burden alone". On terrorism: "Italy is a vital member of our coalition. I’m confident that we will win and ISIS will lose". On TTIP and free market: "It’s ... Read More»

Attorney General of the United States Loretta E. Lynch

U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Minister of Justice Andrea Orlando will participate in an event with the leaders of the Italian justice and law enforcement authorities on the cooperation of the two countries in the fight against organized crime. The conference will take place on October 20 at 4:00 p.m. at the Scuola ... Read More»

Maker Faire 2016

DCM Kelly Degnan wished well to the over 400 innovators, students and experts who participated in the opening conference of the fourth edition of Maker Faire, at the Fiera Roma today. Over 30 countries from all over the world are represented at the Faire, where innovators will showcase new technologies and feature experimentation across the ... Read More»

U.S. Air Force Secretary Lee James in Italy

The U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James departed Rome Sunday following a meeting with Italian defense leadership and a visit to the Italian Air Operation Center and NATO Deployable Air Command and Control Center (DACCC) at Poggio Renatico. Following her meeting, Secretary James said, “I had very informative conversations with defense leaders ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Meeting of the U.S. Ambassador to Italy with the Mayor of Rome

The Ambassador of the United States, John R. Phillips, held his first official meeting with the Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, this morning. The Ambassador conveyed his best wishes to the Mayor and the two discussed the ties that unite their two countries and peoples. Read More»

Joint Statement on Syria by the Foreign Ministers of France, Italy, Germany, the UK, the U.S., and the EU

We demand immediate, expanded humanitarian access to all areas of Syria, including those on the United Nations' priority list, and we deplore the delays and obstruction caused primarily by the Syrian regime of humanitarian deliveries to Syrians in desperate need. We fully support the United Nations investigations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria ... Read More»

Joint Communique on Libya

We reaffirm our solidarity with the Libyan people and express our sympathy for those who lost their lives in the fight against terrorism. We also welcome the efforts against terrorist groups as listed by the UN in other parts of Libya, including Benghazi, and commit to collectively pursue those efforts. We urge all Libyans to ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at “USA-Italy Dialogue on Judicial Reform” Event

[...] Expanding the use of ADR in Italy is key to improving Italy’s civil justice system and its ability to attract business. First, let me state the obvious. Italy’s civil court system is slow. That’s the perception of American investors, and I dare say it’s also the perception of the Italian people, and international institutions. ... Read More»

Eid-al-Adha Reception at Villa Taverna

[...]EIds and Iftars hosted by the Ambassador have become a cherished tradition at our Embassy. It is also an important annual event at U.S. embassies around the world, the State Department, and the White House. Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice, one of the most celebrated holidays worldwide each year, honors the willingness of Ibrahim, ... Read More»

Ambassador Phillips hosts screening of “Il Sindaco Pescatore”

[...] During his three terms as mayor of Pollica, Mr. Vassallo pushed for monumental changes. He used his experience as a fisherman and his love of the sea to inspire his campaign against marine pollution through seabed cleaning projects and waste-water treatment. His efforts earned his town a “5-sail” rating from Guida Blu for its ... Read More»

Independence Day 2016 at Villa Taverna

[...] Tonight, you can see images of many of America’s parks and monuments on the video screens throughout the garden. I hope you all have the chance to visit these sites in person…they are truly amazing and are the patrimony for the entire world, not just of the American people. These sites are truly worth ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Phillips at the Return Ceremony of Columbus Letter

Rome, May 18, 2016 -- Good morning. It’s a pleasure to celebrate the return of a priceless artifact such as this letter from Christopher Columbus to its rightful owner – the Italian people. Though Columbus was not the first European explorer to reach the Americas, his voyages led to the first lasting European contact with ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador John R. Phillips on the 2016 U.S. Elections at the Sassari University

I am pleased to discuss the U.S. presidential election today; it is attracting a great deal of attention around the world and in Italy and I’m happy to be able to share a certain perspective about the process and issues. I’ve been involved in U.S. politics most of my adult life, most recently in support ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador John Phillips at the opening of NASA Space Apps Challenge 2016

[...] Collaboration is definitely the key word for this event that brings together people and ideas in Rome, Naples and in more than 170 other cities around the world. Ever since NASA launched this challenge in 2012, the emphasis has been on teamwork and sharing knowledge, valuable lessons we hope participants will gain from this ... Read More»

Ambassador Phillips Archive (September 2013 – March 2016)

Below is a list of Ambassador Phillips articles from September 2013 to March 2016: Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Phillips at the First Ivory Crush in Italy Rome, March 31, 2016 — […] Today’s event is an historic and symbolic demonstration that Italy stands with the United States and many other countries in halting the traffic of our most endangered and precious species. • Wildlife trafficking is one ... Read More»
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