(AGI) Rome, July 17 - The Italian Foreign Ministry's agency forpromoting Italy (Direzione Generale per la Promozione delSistema Paese, DGSP) has hosted a board meeting by the Istitutoper l'Oriente C. A. Nallino, Italy's most important researchcentre for the Arab-Islamic world. At the meeting various ideasfor cooperation with the foreign ministry were discussedregarding matters of the highest importance for Italy: eventsthat have shaken the southern shores of the Mediterranean overthe past few years, making the need increasingly obvious forincreasing exchanges in the region. Founded in 1921 andequipped with an comprehensive collection of 30,000 volumes,the institute is a main reference point for the Italian andinternational world of oriental studies. Cooperation with theNallino Institute is part of a priority involving support forItalian cultural relations in the Mediterranean, begun by theforeign ministry's promotion agency in 2013. President ClaudioLo Jacono and board members analysed ways of increasingbilateral exchanges and inter-university cooperation, thepromoting of Italian researchers abroad, the potential ofItalian cultural institutes as locations for interculturaldebate and dialogue, support for the teaching of the Italianlanguage and mapping initiatives and contacts between Italianresearchers and the Arab-Islamic world. (AGI). .