On May 21, 2022, the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) hosted a delegation of the Embassy of the Italian Republic led by His Excellency Mr. Agostino Pinna, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic in the Republic of Uzbekistan. The meeting was also attended by Prof. Simone Mantellini – an Italian archaeologist who has been studying Central Asian heritage for year, as well as Dr. Samariddin Suyunov, a researcher at the Gulamov Institute of Archaeology.
The launch of the meeting was marked by welcoming speeches by Mr. Pinna and Dr. Dmitriy Voyakin, the Director of IICAS. Following the opening part, members of the Italian delegation as well as the staff of IICAS who took part in the meeting introduced themselves. Further, Dr. Voyakin briefly outlined the main directions of the institute's activities, talked about the history and management structure, dwelling on the most important achievements over the past years.
Special focus was made on the prospects for establishing cooperation between IICAS and relevant research organizations, expanding academic ties with scientists and researchers from Italy.