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Elections in Italy

Published on April 21, 2008
Letter of congratulations from M. Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic, to M. Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy

Paris, April 15, 2008

Prime Minister,

I should like to extend to you my most sincere congratulations on your victory in the general election and wish you every success in your high office.

I welcome the possibility thus given us to take still further the traditional ties of friendship and cooperation uniting our two countries. My intention is to engage in very close cooperation with you and your future government particularly on preparing the French European Union presidency.

Since we have convergent interests on most European issues, the support of your country, an essential partner for France, will be extremely decisive.

I want to tell you again the great store I set by the very special relationship our two peoples maintain.

Once again I wish you every success (complimentary close)./.