Discussions With Prime Minister Giovanni Goria of
The President. It's our great pleasure
to welcome to the White House a guest from a country with which we Americans
have indissoluble ties of history, culture, and shared values: Prime Minister Goria from
Prime Minister, you are visiting the
has given us a lesson that we should apply in all areas of East-West relations.
We were tough from the start; we stood together, and we got what we wanted.
Yes, we had a plan: building a safer peace and freedom through strength. We
stuck to the plan, even when many who are now taking bows tried to force us to
abandon it, and the plan worked. Mr. Prime Minister, from the moment in 1979
addition to developments in
Prime Minister Goria and I last saw each other, he
was Minister of the Treasury, and we were both participants in the
Over the next few days, Prime Minister Goria will be meeting with Secretary Shultz, Secretary Baker, Secretary Carlucci, congressional leaders, and private businessmen, among others. I'm happy to report that as he embarks on the remainder of this busy and important visit U.S.-Italian relations could hardly be better. Mr. Prime Minister, we're indeed pleased and honored to have you as our guest.
The Prime Minister. I am deeply grateful to
President Ronald Reagan for the particularly friendly welcome he extended to me
I have conveyed to President Reagan the greetings which the Italian Nation; the President of the Republic, Honorable Francesco Cossiga; and the Government send to him and to the American people, a greeting which in its warmth reflects our enduring friendship, our present sound cooperation and alliance, and our common and firm conviction of the need to work together for the future of our two countries.
I had the pleasure of recognizing, once and again, in President Reagan a statesman that the whole world respects and the friend which the Italian Nation particularly admires -- the statesman who was able to give a new and radically innovative dimension to the problems of nuclear disarmament by accomplishing the destruction of arms not through other arms but by means of an international treaty. Our talks were marked by a great mutual cordiality and have proved to be extremely fruitful. We reconfirmed our common commitment to seeking a more secure, more stable, and less threatened peace that we will be pursuing in the framework of the alliance which binds us.
I listened with the utmost interest to what the President told me about his recent historic meeting with the General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, Mikhail Gorbachev. I very much wish to personally express the Italian Government's profound satisfaction in the results achieved during this summit, along with the deep-felt hope that the understandings reached may further develop, thus opening new negotiating prospects in the field of nuclear as well as conventional and chemical disarmament.
agreement reached has the full support of the Italian Government, which
expresses the hope that it will be promptly ratified. The agreement resulted in
great part from the cohesion and steadfast determination which the Atlantic
alliance demonstrated. In this context, President Reagan has particularly
valued the role which
President of the United States and I have reviewed the situation in the Middle
East and the prospects of overcoming this longstanding crisis in the full
respect for the sovereignty of the states and the rights of the peoples in the
region. A common concern was expressed over the war between
also exchanged views with President Reagan on the various regional crises, in
particular, those concerning a continent,
Particular attention was devoted to economic and international trade issues, to the prospects for encouraging a sustained and lasting development of trade, as well as to the problems of indebtedness.
confirmed to President Reagan our commitment towards seeking a solution to
these questions, also within the framework of the seven most industrialized
countries of the West, in view of the
restated our intent to ever increasingly develop the bilateral relations
will return to
Note: The President spoke at at the South Portico of the White House. In his remarks, the President referred to Secretary of State George P. Shultz, Secretary of the Treasury James A. Baker III, and Secretary of Defense Frank C. Carlucci. The Prime Minister spoke in Italian and his remarks were translated by an interpreter. Earlier, the President and the Prime Minister met in the Oval Office and then attended a luncheon in the Residence.