Screenesetter: Berlusconi meets Obama
Date: 2005-10-26 10:29:00
Source: Embassy Rome
Destination: This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 ROME 003585
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/26/2015
TAGS: PREL, PGOV, CVIS, IT, ITALY NATIONAL ELECTIONS, ITALIAN POLITICS, IRAQI FREEDOM
SUBJECT: SCENESETTER FOR PM BERLUSCONI’S OCTOBER 31 MEETING
Classified By: Ambassador Spogli, for reasons 1.4 (b)(d).
2. (C) Berlusconi will seek: (a) presidential statements of
support on shared values; (b) support for extending in 2005
the UN mandate on Iraq; (c) tangible progress on a plan to
enhance Iraqi security capabilities and allow a coordinated
drawdown of Italian forces; and (d) the President’s possible
intervention to waive or delay new passport requirements for
continued Italian participation in the Visa Waiver Program.
We should: (a) offer appropriate praise for Italy’s foreign
policy support without jeopardizing our relationship with
Prodi; and (b) engage Berlusconi on Russia and Iran. End