Former Italian foreign minister appointed EU envoy for Gulf region

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LONDON: The former foreign minister of Italy and ex-leader of the Five Star Movement Luigi Di Maio has been appointed as the EU’s special envoy for the Gulf region, sources said on Sunday.

Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, indicated Di Maio for the post in a letter to the 27 member states, ANSA reported.

“After careful consideration, I consider Luigi Di Maio the most suitable candidate for the post,” he wrote.

“As a former Italian foreign minister, Luigi Di Maio has the necessary political profile at the international level for this role.”

Di Maio served as Italian foreign minister between September 2019 and October last year.