Giorgio Napolitano

Italy working hard to bring marines home: President

Giorgio-NapolitanoRome, Nov 4 : Italy will not stop "working hard" for the return of the two Italian marines facing trial in India for murder, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said Monday.

"The most affectionate greetings to our marines, whose quest continues far from Italy. Please rest assured that we will not cease working hard to bring them home," Napolitano stated.

His reference to Italian riflemen Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone came in a presidential address to mark Italy's National Unity and the Armed Forces Day.

Risotto and Tiramisu await G8 leaders

Risotto and Tiramisu await G8 leaders L'Aquila, Italy - No trip to Italy would be complete without a proper meal.

But keeping in line with the austere times we are living in, oysters and caviar will not be served to the leaders of the world's most powerful nations when they attend a Group of Eight dinner in L'Aquila on Thursday hosted by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.

Instead, US President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and colleagues will be treated to a scrumptious but rustic risotto flavoured with pork and veal, Grana parmesan cheese and cinammon.

China's Hu Jintao meets Italian leaders ahead of G8 summit

China's Hu Jintao meets Italian leaders ahead of G8 summitRomeĀ  - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said Monday he raised the issue of human rights in China during talks with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao in Rome.

"We agreed that the kind of development and economic and social progress that is taking place in China places new requirements on the matter of human rights," Napolitano said adressing reporters following the meeting.

Italian president calls for truce ahead of G8

Giorgio NapolitanoRome, July 1 : Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano has appealed to the politicians and media to observe a truce to ensure a smooth G8 summit.

"It would be good, from here to the G8, given the delicacy of this huge international event, to have a truce in these controversies," The Telegraph quoted Napolitano, as saying.

Though Napolitano did not specify what he was highlighting, speculations are rife about it involving Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's scandals.

President receives more congratulatory cables

President receives more congratulatory cablesAbu Dhabi, Dec 03rd, 2008 : President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan received today more cables sent by world leaders congratulating him on the occasion of the 37th Anniversary of the UAE National Day.

The cables were from King Mohammed VI of Morocco, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and President of the Republic of Guyana Bharat Jagdeo.(WAM/AB)

Russian, Italian presidents discuss trade, European security

Moscow - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano met with Russia's ruling duo president Dmitry Medvedev and Premier Vladimir Putin in Moscow Wednesday for talks a Kremlin spokesman said would focus on international diplomacy, as Italy assumes the G8 presidency next year.

"In the discussions on international affairs, particular attention was given to the two countries interaction in the G8 ... and also in the United Nations and within the framework of the Russia-EU partnership," the Interfax news agency quoted the Kremlin source as saying.

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