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Italian PM Draghi cancels Africa trip after positive Covid test

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Italian PM Draghi cancels Africa trip after positive Covid test
Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi has tested positive for Covid-19 but is asymptomatic, his office said on Monday. Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP.

The Italian premier has tested positive for coronavirus but is currently asymptomatic, his office said on Monday.

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Draghi had been due to visit oil-rich Angola and the Republic of Congo this week with a view to switching Italy's energy supplies away from Russia.

That trip has now been cancelled as a result of the prime minister's Covid-positive status, his office confirmed. 

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Instead, Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio and Minister for Ecological Transition will represent the country in diplomatic talks with the African nations.

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The pair will fly to Luanda on Wednesday and Brazzaville on Thursday to conduct negotiations on Italy's behalf. 

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