In the sector of European defence “the Italo-British axis is certainly very strong. Italy has much to offer”. This was the statement of Minister Franco Frattini, in London today to participate in the first meeting of the 4-party Foreign/Defence formation, with Italian Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa and their British colleagues William Hague and Liam Fox.
“Our wish is to strengthen this collaboration between Italy and the UK in the sector of high technology security for seaports and airports”, Frattini continued, pointing out collaboration already under way on a state-of-the-art pilotless aircraft.
The minister then announced that British Premier David Cameron would be in Rome “before the summer break” to meet with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, adding that the Foreign/Defence formation inaugurated today with the UK would be followed up in the coming months.
Italy and the UK also find themselves fully in sync on Afghanistan. The two countries, Frattini said at the end of his meeting with colleague Hague, are engaged in fighting “terrorist organizations attempting to destabilize the country” and, at the same time, agree on a “political strategy of reconciliation and reintegration for those who reject violence and terror”, support rights for women and do not intend to collaborate with the tribal organizations destabilising the borders between Afghanistan and Pakistan.