The United States currently enjoys warm and friendly relations with Italy. Italy is a leading partner in the war against terrorism. The two are NATO allies and cooperate in the United Nations, in various regional organizations, and bilaterally for peace, prosperity, and security. Italy has worked closely with the United States and others on such issues as NATO and UN operations as well as with assistance to Russia and the New Independent States; Lebanon; the Middle East peace process; multilateral talks; Somalia and Mozambique peacekeeping; and combating drug trafficking, trafficking in women and children, and terrorism.
Under longstanding bilateral agreements flowing from NATO membership, Italy hosts important U.S. military forces at Vicenza and Livorno (army); Aviano (air force); and Sigonella, Gaeta, and Naples--home port for the U.S. Navy Sixth Fleet. The United States has about 13,000 military personnel stationed in Italy. Italy hosts the NATO Defense College in Rome.
Italy remains a strong and active transatlantic partner which, along with the United States, has sought to foster democratic ideals and international cooperation in areas of strife and civil conflict. Toward this end, the Italian Government has cooperated with the United States in the formulation of defense, security, and peacekeeping policies.
Principal U.S. Officials include:
Ambassador--Ronald P. Spogli
Deputy Chief of Mission--Anna Borg
Economic Affairs--Tom Delare
Political Affairs--David Pearce (acting, Jonathan Cohen)
Consular Affairs--Barbara Cummings
Public Affairs--Anne T. Callaghan
Commercial Affairs--Thomas Moore
Regional Security Affairs--Nace Crawford
Agricultural Section--Geoffrey Wiggin
Defense Attache--CAPT Michael James
Consul General, Florence--Nora Dempsey
Consul General, Milan--Daniel Weygandt
Consul General, Naples--Patrick Truhn
There is a U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy.
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