The Italian Head of State President Ciampi visited London and held a reception at the Queen Elisabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster. At the reception were representatives from Wales and the Amici Val Ceno Galles.

After a speech emphasizing the importance of immigrants to both their native and adopted countries, and the need for strong links between the two, within the European Union, the president met the guests during a buffet at the Centre.

Main Photograph taken in front of the Centre shows (Left to right) Romeo Basini(AVC), Domenico Casetta, outgoing Vice Consolato at Cardiff, Aldo Bachetta (AVC), Marisa Cavarra (ACLI,Cardiff), Mr. Contino, incoming Vice Consolato at Cardiff and Rino Renesto, Swansea.

Other photos show the President during his speech, and delegates taking their seats inside the Centre.