AGI) Naples, Oct 29 - Speaking at the 10th anniversary meeting of the Anna Lindh Foundation, Cultural Heritage (MIBACT) Minister Dario Franceschini said that investing in culture "is a fundamental instrument to build a European identity" and of dialogue between nations of the Mediterranean. Franceschini also spoke of the European Tourism Forum that opens in Naples on Thursday and that, with its heritage, is "the best place" for a meeting of European culture and tourism ministers during the Italian presidency of the EU. Speaking of the work done by the Anna Lindh Foundation, Franceschini spoke of the importance to "strongly support" initiatives based around the Mediterranean, because "the century we have before us will offer extraordinary changes and will open a new season and a new process that Europe and Italy must be ready to lead." Franceschini added: "Culture and the heritage of our countries, which UNESCO coincidentally defines as universal, can be the starting point on which to build dialogue and be an instrument for encounters between nations." (AGI) .
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