On the occasion of the 244th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, I am pleased to express, on behalf of all Italians and myself, my best wishes for our friend, the American people.
The deep, historic bond between our two countries, cemented by the large and active community of Italian descent present in the United States as well as by vital commercial and cultural exchanges, was strongly reasserted even during the current dramatic health emergency.
In renewing my sincere gratitude for the solidarity shown at this time, I am certain that the relationship between the United States and Italy will emerge from this even stronger, in the constant sharing of the principles of freedom, peace, justice, and democracy.
It is my sincere hope that Washington and Rome, strong in their transatlantic bond and common values, will further develop, in all areas and fora, a valuable and effective cooperation for the benefit of their citizens and of global health, security and economic prosperity.
In this spirit, and with fond recollection of our meeting in Washington, I am pleased to extend to you my warmest wishes for yourself, your family, and for the people of the United States of America.