Italian Premier Assures Ben-gurion on Support in Euromart Talks

Giuseppi Sarragat, Italian Social Democrat leader, assured Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion today of Italy’s support for Israel’s effort to negotiate trade ties with the European Common Market nations.

The visiting Socialist leader transmitted to the Prime Minister a message from Italian Premier Fanfani expressing Italy’s understanding of the Euromart’s overriding importance for Israel and the assurance that the Italian Government in principle favored the working out of a satisfactory arrangement with Euromart.

Sarragat, who is secretary general of the Italian Social Democrat party, told correspondents his party favored the expansion of Israeli ties with Italy and he stressed Italy’s aim to maintain friendly relations with both Israel and the Arab states. In addition to meeting with Mr. Ben-Gurion, the visiting leader conferred with a number of Cabinet Ministers and high Foreign Office officials.

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