Oman


Italian PM upbeat over visit


Mario Monti.Pic: Ismail Al Farsi

Muscat: Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti described his visit to the Sultanate of Oman as "very productive."

The premier's one-day visit was aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation between the Sultanate and the Italian Republic.

Speaking to the media at the airport before his departure, Monti said the two sides "developed views on how to bring forward at a higher level the bilateral cooperation between Italy and Oman. This goes for culture, for participation of Italian industry in infrastructure projects in Oman, cooperation in the defence industry, plus growing
flows of goods and services in our bilateral trade."

He said the discussion involved financial institutions of two countries "to examine the prospects for financial investments in Italy." Describing the visit, the Italian PM said, "Short was the visit, deep was the conversation, very high our satisfaction and very deep the gratitude to His Majesty the Sultan and his government."
He also said the visit was "profoundly interesting and extremely helpful."

Appreciating His Majesty's gesture, Monti said, "He was kind enough to spend a lot of time with me and my delegation. Our discussion was at two different levels.

One was the strategic level and the other the developments in the Middle East and North Africa, the role that Oman and Italy and other players need to play at this stage."

He added: "We compared our views on issues such as Syria, Gaza and broader issues."

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