Sarkozy sends "friendly" congratulations to Berlusconi

Other News Materials 15 April 2008 17:34 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday sent Silvio Berlusconi a letter of friendly congratulations for his election as prime minister of Italy, his office said.

Sarkozy said he wanted to work "very closely" with Berlusconi and his future government to prepare France's six-month EU presidency, which begins on July 1.

Sarkozy added the adjective "friendly" in his handwriting to the final sentence of the letter, which cites the "high and friendly esteem" he in which he holds Berlusconi.