Remarks With Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Before Their Meeting
Secretary of State
SECRETARY CLINTON: (In progress) – to talk together about a number of important issues. The United States highly values the relationship that we have with the prime minister and with Italy. We have no better friend, we have no one who supports the American policies as consistently as Prime Minister Berlusconi has, starting in the Clinton Administration, through the Bush Administration, and now the Obama Administration.
Whether it’s on Afghanistan, where he has stood with us and provided unstinting support, or the work that he and President Sarkozy and others have done in Europe to try to stabilize the situation in Georgia and on so many other matters, the United States, Republican and Democratic administrations like, know that they can count on the prime minister to support the policies and values that Italy and the United States share in common.
PRIME MINISTER BERLUSCONI: (In Italian.)