Abinader talks about the results of his trip to Europe

President Luis Abinader, while participating this Monday in LA Semanal con la Prensa, presented the results of his trip to Europe, where he visited Italy, the Vatican and Portugal.

Visit to the Vatican

Regarding the private audience that the President had with His Holiness Pope Francis, the Head of State explained that he received his congratulations for his victory in the presidential elections of May 19.

He also indicated that they talked about the role of the Church in matters such as education, charity, the situation of the region and social issues, while President Abinader invited Pope Francis to visit the country.

Meeting with Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Monsignor Paul Richard Gallagher

Abinader Resultados A Viaje EuropaDuring the meeting with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State and Monsignor Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States and International Organizations, they discussed bilateral issues.

Meeting with his Italian counterpart

President Abinader also highlighted his meeting with his counterpart of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, at the Quirinal Palace.

He said that he spoke with the Italian president about strengthening tourism and commercial exchange with an increase in direct flights, while inviting President Mattarella to the Dominican Republic, within the framework of the 170th anniversary of bilateral relations.

He also requested support for the multinational force to be deployed in Haiti, as well as to open a channel of cooperation to acquire Italian military equipment to reinforce the Dominican Armed Forces.

During the meeting, he also requested support for the elimination of the Schengen visa and to advance in an agreement for the homologation of the driver’s license for Dominicans. Finally, they discussed the possibility of signing a professional mobility agreement to bring Dominicans to Italy to work in strategic sectors.


Also during the trip, President Abinader visited Lisbon, Portugal, where he met with his Portuguese counterpart, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, at the Belém Palace.

In this meeting, the leaders discussed the expansion of cooperation programs between the two countries, highlighting areas such as digital transformation, in the Simplex program, as well as the modernization and digital transformation of public administration (AMA/PT leader). Likewise, about collaborating with the Portuguese Navy.


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