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Italian press highlights importance of multi-faceted relations with Türkiye

Mario Draghi’s visit to Türkiye to boost ties, say media reports

Baris Seckin   | 06.07.2022
Italian press highlights importance of multi-faceted relations with Türkiye Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) welcomes Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi (R) with an official ceremony at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkiye on July 05, 2022. ( Mustafa Kamaci - Anadolu Agency )

ROME

The Italian media highlighted the importance of the country’s multi-faceted relations with Türkiye where Prime Minister Mario Draghi paid a visit Tuesday.

Major Italian newspapers covered Draghi’s visit to Ankara including Corriere della Sera, one of the country’s most-read and circulated dailies, that said the premier particularly focused on cooperation on irregular immigration.

Draghi stressed that Türkiye and Italy are allies, friends and partners who stand together against common challenges, it said.

The newspaper noted that the two countries signed nine agreements, including cooperation in intelligence sharing.

Türkiye insists on concluding the deal on the SAMP/T long-range air defense system as soon as possible, it added.

Center-left La Repubblica emphasized that the two countries encourage a solution on the export of Ukrainian grain to world markets via the Black Sea.

Italy and Türkiye also agreed on jointly addressing the problem of irregular immigration and essentially restoring full stability in Libya, it said.

For Italy, it said, Türkiye is a tough but necessary partner with its role as an energy transit country, among other critical issues with which Italy has to deal.

The Center-right Il Messaggero daily reiterated that the two countries share similar perspectives on Libya and the export of Ukrainian grain.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan disclosed that Italy will take part in Türkiye’s ongoing undertaking of connecting its recently discovered natural gas reserves in the Black Sea to the national grid, it said.

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