The first EU envoy for the Persian Gulf region

The Italian newspaper “Ansa” reported, citing sources, that “Luigi Di Maio”, the former foreign minister of Italy and the former leader of the “Five Star Movement” party, has been appointed as the first special envoy of the European Union to the countries of the Persian Gulf region.

According to this Italian newspaper, “Joseph Borrell”, the head of the European Union’s foreign affairs and security policy, has sent a letter to the 27 member states of this union, announcing Di Maio’s appointment to this position.

According to “Sputnik” news agency, in July 2022, Burrell proposed the creation of a special EU envoy for the Persian Gulf region. Burrell argued that the European Union needs to maintain close ties with the Persian Gulf countries because of its decision to reduce its dependence on Russian energy exports, and asked its members to nominate candidates for the new post.

Di Maio is set to serve from June 1, 2023, to February 28, 2025, for an initial period of 21 months, Ansa newspaper reported.

Burrell wrote in his letter: “After careful consideration, I found Luigi Di Maio to be the most suitable candidate for this position. Luigi Di Maio, as the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, has the necessary political qualities at the international level for this role.

Di Maio was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy from September 2019 to October last year.

In June 2022, he announced that he had decided to leave the party due to his differences with the leaders of the Five Star Movement party over the Ukraine crisis.

Italy, along with other western allies of Ukraine, has continued to provide arms and other support to Kiev in its confrontation with Russia. In late February, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni announced her country’s intention to send two new anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine.


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