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Remarks Following Discussions With Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy

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America and Italy are working with other nations to fight terror and maintain stability and secure their democratic future. More than 8,300 Italian troops are deployed in regions of conflict around the world. They're helping to fight extremism and to defend liberty and give more people the hope of a better future. About 2,100 Italian troops are supporting the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Italy leads Regional Command West as well as a Provincial Reconstruction Team.

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									                                                               Administration of George W. Bush, 2008 / Oct. 13                                                               1339

                                                               I have deeply appreciated his friendship and                    G–20 issued important statements commit-
                                                               his wisdom. The Prime Minister is a man of                      ting to work together to help resolve the cri-
                                                               sincerity and principle, who speaks his mind                    sis. I welcome the bold and specific follow-
                                                               and keeps his word. And because of his high                     up actions by European nations to pursue
                                                               spirits and boundless optimism, it is always                    the G–7 action plan. And the United States
                                                               good to see him and to spend time with him.                     is also acting, and we will continue to imple-
                                                                  So on this beautiful Columbus Day, Laura                     ment measures consistent with the G–7 ac-
                                                               and I are proud to greet him on behalf of                       tion plan to help banks gain access to capital,
                                                               our whole Nation. Mr. Prime Minister, mio                       to strengthen the financial system, and to
                                                               caro amico, benvenuto—my dear friend, wel-                      unfreeze credit markets and restore con-
                                                               come to the United States.                                      fidence in our financial system.
                                                                                                                                  These are tough times for our economies,
                                                               NOTE: The President spoke at 9:17 a.m. on the                   yet we can be confident that we can work
                                                               South Lawn at the White House, where Prime                      our way through these challenges. And
                                                               Minister Berlusconi was accorded a formal wel-
                                                               come with full military honors. In his remarks,
                                                                                                                               America will continue to work closely with
                                                               he referred to Minister of Economy and Finance                  the other nations to coordinate our response
                                                               Giulio Tremonti of Italy. The transcript released               to this global financial crisis.
                                                               by the Office of the Press Secretary also included                 America and Italy are working with other
                                                               the remarks of Prime Minister Berlusconi.                       nations to fight terror and maintain stability
                                                                                                                               and secure their democratic future. More
                                                                                                                               than 8,300 Italian troops are deployed in re-
                                                               Remarks Following Discussions With                              gions of conflict around the world. They’re
                                                               Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of                             helping to fight extremism and to defend lib-
                                                               Italy                                                           erty and give more people the hope of a bet-
                                                               October 13, 2008                                                ter future. About 2,100 Italian troops are
                                                                                                                               supporting the NATO mission in Afghani-
                                                                  President Bush. Good morning. Prime                          stan. Italy leads Regional Command West as
                                                               Minister Berlusconi and I just had a very                       well as a Provincial Reconstruction Team.
                                                               good discussion. That’s exactly the kind of                        I appreciate the Prime Minister’s willing-
                                                               meeting that you would expect when good                         ness to modify restrictions on where Italian
                                                               friends get together.                                           forces can operate in Afghanistan. Italy has
                                                                  Mr. Prime Minister, I appreciate your                        deployed Carabinieri to support the NATO
                                                               leadership. I want to thank you for your gra-                   training mission in Iraq. They’re doing a fine
                                                               cious words earlier today.                                      job. These are highly professional, highly
                                                                  Prime Minister Berlusconi. Thank you.                        skilled folks that are helping the Iraqi people.
                                                                  President Bush. I want to thank you for                         In Lebanon, Italy is the single largest con-
                                                               giving the American people the honor of                         tributor to the United Nations peacekeeping
                                                               celebrating Columbus Day with the leader                        mission. We discussed the need for Syria to
                                                               of Italy.                                                       respect Lebanon’s sovereignty, to cease its
                                                                  For more than 60 years, the United States                    support for terror, and to open full diplo-
           
								
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