Turkey – Important Factor of Continental Security, Says Berlusconi

Türkiye Materials 13 November 2008 18:04 (UTC +04:00)

Turkey, Ankara, 13 November /Тrend News corr. A.Alaskarov/ Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi commented to the Hurriyet newspaper on a wide range of issues. As to Turkey's striving to become a member of the European Union, Berlusconi emphasized the contributions of Erdogan's Government.

According to Berlusconi, the resolution that Erdogan shows for integration with Europe makes the prejudice, including that about country's secular character, groundless. As to his personal friendship with Erdogan, Italian Prime Minister said that "owing to his personal friendship, the relations between the two countries are strengthening".

Berlusconi said Italy advocates Turkey in EU because "Ankara is an important factor of continental security".

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan presided over the Ismir meeting of Turkish and Italian governmental delegations.