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Italy’s Premier Says Government Will “deepen” Friendship with Israel

Italy’s stake in the Middle East and her friendship with Israel and the Arab nations was outlined here yesterday when Premier Amintore Fanfani presented his new government’s program to Parliament.

“The region in which we live makes us particularly sensitive to what happens in all the countries sharing the same (Mediterranean) sea, ” he said. He stressed that his government would attempt to deepen the tide of friendship with Israel and the Arab states at Italy’s contribution to the “broadening prosperity of the area.”

The Premier expressed his confidence that the troubles of the Middle East would end, thus bringing a peace based on order and justice to the region. He pledged that Italy would cooperate, in the United Nations and other international organizations, in solving existing conflicts or disputes which may arise subsequently.