First Turkey-Italy summit to take place in Nov

Türkiye Materials 15 September 2008 17:01 (UTC +04:00)

Italian Ambassador to Ankara Carlo Marsili said on Monday that first Turkish-Italian Government Summit would take place in Aegean province of Izmir in November, reported Worldbulletin.

In an exclusive interview with the A.A correspondent, Marsili said bilateral relations between Turkey and Italy continued to progress within the scope of a road map.

Giving details about the road map, Marsili said the summit would be chaired by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. He also said some ministers of the two parties would also attend the summit.

The summit takes place alternatively once in a year in the framework of the Strategic Document signed by Italy and Turkey in January 2007.

"I wish to underline that this is a Government Summit, a kind of meeting that Italy regularly holds with its main European partners, such as Germany, France, Britain, and Spain," Marsili said.

President of the Italian Parliament and former Minister for Foreign Affairs Gianfranco Fini will pay a visit to Ankara on October 31st upon an invitation from Turkish Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan.

Members of the parliaments of the two countries will organize Twinning Project financed by the European Commission.

5th Turkish-Italian Dialogue Forum, that would be organized in Rome in November will also assume a role in improvement of relations.

Foreign ministers of Turkey and Italy will chair the forum that is organized every year. The two prime ministers are also expected to sign a protocol regarding establishment of Turkish-Italian University in Istanbul.

Separately, the second Italian-Turkish Media Forum will take place in Istanbul between December 12 and 13, and on October 12th, a cooperation seminar will be organized in Istanbul.