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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi pledged to Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham H. Foxman that Italy will not cooperate with Iran to launch an Iranian data communications satellite, a statement issued by the ADL said Friday.
Foxman turned to Berlusconi following news reports that quoted Iranian officials as saying Italy would cooperate with Iran to launch the satellite, Foxman expressed serious concerns to the Italian prime minister Italy might be moving away from its longstanding policy of support for existing sanctions against Iran.
"We welcome hearing directly from Prime Minister Berlusconi of Italy's unequivocal denial of reports to the contrary coming from Iran," Foxman said.
In a meeting between Berlusconi and Foxman on Thursday, Italy's premier emphasized his country's firm commitment to preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and its unwavering support for the efforts of the United States and the international community to stymie Iran's nuclear program.
"Italy has been a staunch supporter of the safety and security of Israel, a strong ally of the United States and plays an important role in the international effort to curtail Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions. The prime minister reiterated that support. We appreciate Prime Minister Berlusconi's willingness to hear our concerns and his explicit statement that Italy will not cooperate with Iran to launch a communications satellite," Foxman said after the meeting.