Singapore, 31 October 2023 – Today, the Ambassador of Italy Dante Brandi presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Singapore, Tharman Shanmugaratnam. He was the first foreign Head of Mission to be accredited before President Shanmugaratnam, who took office last 14 September as the ninth President of the Republic of Singapore following a sweeping victory in the presidential elections on 1 September.
During the cordial conversation after the formal handover of the letters, signed by President Sergio Mattarella and countersigned by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio Tajani, Ambassador Brandi shared with President Tharman the commitment of both Italy and Singapore to redouble their efforts to foster dialogue and bilateral collaboration in times of profound international crises, such as those resulting from the conflict between Israel and Hamas and from the Russian aggression to Ukraine.
Italy and Singapore share values such as respect for international law, national sovereignty, multilateralism and free trade. They also share a common interest in finding viable and cooperative solutions to global challenges such as climate change, migration and inclusive and sustainable development. In this regard, President Tharman expressed his appreciation for the collaboration and the results achieved during the Italian Presidency of the G20 in 2021. In his words, Singapore will remain a privileged observatory and an attentive actor of globalization developments, first and foremost the relations between the United States and China, open to collaboration with Italy.
Amb. Brandi renewed Italy’s commitment to constructively address the priority issues of the international agenda during the next presidency of the G7 in 2024. He also confirmed Italy’s commitment to strengthen bilateral relations with Singapore, consistently with the renewed attention that Rome is paying to the Indo-Pacific region. Proof of this is the expansion of the Italian institutional presence in the Asian City-State, with the recent openings of the positions of Defense and Scientific Attaché, as well as the forthcoming elevation of status for the ICE Office and the arrival of a cultural Attaché. The drivers of cultural, scientific and commercial diplomacy will thus be consolidated, to the benefit of an intensification of exchanges in these sectors. They will also keep benefiting from the relevant and dynamic Italian community active in Singapore.