WASHINGTON, D.C. – Matters of mutual interest were discussed between Ambassadors of The Bahamas and Italy in the Embassy of The Bahamas in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, when Italy’s Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Mariangela Zappia, along with H.E. Simone Turchetta, Permanent Observer of Italy to the Organization of American States, paid a courtesy call on Ambassador of the Bahamas to the United States, H.E. Wendall Jones.

Among the matters discussed were financial services, climate change and the growing tourism industry which both countries are experiencing.

Ambassador Zappia is a career diplomat with over thirty-five years of experience. She is the first woman in her country to hold this position, and she was the first woman Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York and to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). She has also been the first woman Diplomatic Advisor to the Italian Prime Minister. Ambassador Zappia has also been appointed the Italian non-resident Ambassador to the Bahamas.


Shown from left to right are Ambassador Turchetta; Ambassador Zappia; Ambassador Jones; and Ms. Tracee Dorestant, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of The Bahamas.