Italian FM calls science 'natural ally of diplomacy'

'Prestige of research key to soft power'

Italian FM calls science 'natural ally of diplomacy'

Rome, November 20 - Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi said Tuesday that "science is a natural ally of diplomacy". Speaking at the Bioeconomy Rome conference, Terzi said the prestige associated with scientific research and production in a country was a key to "soft power". Terzi added that "science, research and space cooperation" are among the themes of the Year of Italian Culture kicking off December 12 in Washington. In order to build contacts among diplomats, scientists and the business community, the foreign and education ministries have set up an online platform at

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