The President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella and his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor met in the barracks of the Piedmont Cavalry Regiment at Villa Opicina, on the Trieste Karst. It is the first stop on a historic visit. It is the fifteenth time that the two presidents have met. Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio – arrived a few minutes earlier -, the president of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, Massimiliano Fedriga, the prefect, welcomed President Mattarella upon his arrival. of Trieste, Valerio Valenti, and the mayor of the city, Roberto Dipiazza. Subsequently, President Mattarella welcomed his counterpart Borut Pahor, who arrived shortly after 11, and together they reviewed the picket of honor. Both, as well as all the staff, wear the mask. The visit includes the deposition of a wreath by both of them at the foiba di Basovizza and then to the Slovenian war memorial. Finally, the presidents will move to the prefecture in Trieste where they will meet the writer Boris Pahor to whom honors will be conferred. Mattarella and Pahor will be together with Narodni dom, which will be returned to the Slovenian community in Italy, exactly one hundred years after the fire of 13 July 1920 which destroyed it. Finally, the Italian Head of State will meet representatives of the associations of exiles in the Region.
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“Memory helps us to build together a future based primarily on respect for people”, “together we can do more and better, as demonstrated by the choice to share the future with the path of European integration that has ensured peace and promoted unparalleled prosperity in the history of our continent. The profound soul of this Europe lies precisely in the dialogue between peoples, between cultures, between different experiences which together fortify it and allow it to achieve increasingly ambitious goals. In this way the border areas are no longer grounds for opposition but become crucial; and they manifest themselves as the hinges of the connective tissue of the European Union », says the President of the Republic in a message published on Il Piccolo.