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Foreign minister says Italy may participate in SPIEF 2017

MOSCOW, March 27. /TASS/. Italy will endeavor to participate at a high level in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in 2017, Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said on Monday after meeting with Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.

"We talked about the St. Petersburg Forum. I would like to appreciate once again the work performed last year. We will definitely endeavor to ensure participation at an appropriate level this year also," Alfano said.

The second day of June is the public holiday [the Day of Republic] in Italy, Alfano said. "However, since the Forum lasts three days, from June 1 to 3, I think we will able to ensure official participation of an appropriate level," the foreign minister said.

Many Italian majors confirmed their participation in the SPIEF, Alfano added.

It was reported earlier the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will be held this year on June 1-3, 2017.