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Readout of the President of the General Assembly’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Enrico Letta, Prime Minister of Italy

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson

United Nations, New York, 24 September 2013

General Assembly President Meets Prime Minister of ItalyPresident Ashe meets with H. E. Mr. Enrico Letta, Prime Minister of Italy

The President of the General Assembly met today with H.E. Mr. Enrico Letta, Prime Minister of Italy. They discussed recent efforts to find a political solution in Syria. The Prime Minister noted that Italy believes the United Nations has a central role to play in Syria.

The Prime Minister also underlined his country's priority in focusing on Security Council reform. Through the Uniting for Consensus Group, (UfC), Italy intends to continue to push for an inclusive and non-divisive reform process. The PGA welcomed Italy's willingness to continue the debate on reform and noted that the UfC is a key negotiating group in this process. The PGA pledged to be transparent and open in discussions on reform.

The Prime Minister congratulated the PGA on selecting a timely theme on the Post-2015 Development Agenda--Setting the Stage!--and offered his country's support to the PGA. He also expressed his government's plans to put sustainable development issues at the core of the EU agenda when it assumes the Presidency in 2014.

The PGA commended Italy for the important work it has done in the field of sustainable development. He encouraged Italy to be involved in the various events and thematic debates he has planned for the sixty-eighth session, especially given Italy's expertise in these areas.

John Ashe (right), President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly, meets with Enrico Letta, Prime Minister of Italy. UN Photo/Evan Schneider