Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
NEW YORK

Monti exploits UN trip to promote new image of Italy

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(ANSA) - New York, September 25 - Mario Monti said on
Tuesday that he aimed to modify global perceptions of Italy and
the European Union during his visit to New York for the opening
of the 67th session the United Nations General Assembly.
"New York is one of those cities where many global
opinions are formed - I am here to give a precise perception of
the evolution of the situation in Italy," Monti told
journalists.
"Participating in this assembly is an opportunity to hold
a series of bilateral meetings that form a part of the actions
taken from the beginning (of my tenure) to promote the
perception of a new dynamic by which Italy wants to restore
itself to grow and, at the same time, (communicate) the new
European framework to which Italy is contributing".
Former European commissioner Monti has been credited with
restoring Italy's international standing after taking the helm
of an emergency technocrat government after the financial crisis
forced Silvio Berlusconi to step down as premier last November.
He has passed austerity measures to put Italy's public
finances in order and structural economic reforms to boost
growth which have been acclaimed for making the country part of
the solution to the eurozone crisis, rather than part of the
problem.
Monti said he updated United States President Barack Obama
about progress made toward stabilizing the economic situation in
the European Union during a brief meeting late on Monday.
The Italian premier said one of the subjects they touched
on was "an update on European Union progress toward a more
stable eurozone structure - a subject that interests Obama very
much".
Monti said that no mention was made of upcoming
parliamentary elections in Italy. But they did discuss Obama's
bid to beat Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and
win another term this November.
"We talked about the progress of the election campaign in
the US," said Monti, who has pledged not to run in next year's
elections in Italy.
Monti went on to say that the US president's speech to the
General Assembly of the United Nations on Tuesday had been
"totally coherent", showing "tight logic" with an important
emphasis on the need for "tolerance, respect of the rights to
speech and religion and human rights".

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