This week, NIAF and the Italian American Congressional Delegation (IACD) hosted a special reception at the U.S. Capitol welcoming Hon. Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata, Italy's new Ambassador to the United States. The event was held under the auspices of the NIAF Frank J. Guarini Public Policy Forum.
U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata and
NIAF President Joseph V. Del Raso, Esq.
Ambassador Terzi di Sant'Agata addressed the crowd, describing Italy as a privileged partner of the U.S. and how Italian Americans are a fundamental part of U.S. culture, economy and political life. He singled out the work of Fiorello La Guardia, Mario Cuomo, Geraldine Ferraro, Rudy Giuliani and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. He also outlined how our economies are linked by close interdependence, noting that many Italian companies have successfully settled in the U.S.
The Ambassador advocated for increased teaching of the Italian language, noting that it will be a vital component of our legacy.