States and Italy Discuss Terrorist Concessions
(U.S. Department of State) U.S.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Italy’s Foreign Minister
D’Alema had an in-depth and cordial phone conversation
to follow up their constructive meeting in Washington.
It was stated that
the United States does not support hostage exchanges or other
to terrorists was not
a new position. It is a well-known and long-standing policy
that the United States Government stressed to the Government
of Italy during this crisis, as it has in previous kidnapping
crises. Given the increased threat created for all of us who
have people on the ground in places like Afghanistan, we expect
that concessions will not be made in the future.
of State Rice and Foreign Minister D’Alema agreed on the positive
and important nature of bilateral ties between Italy and the
United States and the commitment by both governments to continue
to work together in the longstanding spirit of trust and friendship
between the two countries and peoples.
We must now
focus on the extremely important work ahead of us in Afghanistan.
Italy is playing a key role supporting the people and Government of Afghanistan
and remains our important partner in other areas around the world.