Italy expresses support for Saniora

PM urges Hizbullah allied Nabih Berri to "to keep a constructive attitude."

prodi 298.88 (photo credit: AP)
prodi 298.88
(photo credit: AP)
Italian Premier Romano Prodi expressed his country's support Saturday for Lebanon's pro-Western Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, who has been pressured to resign by hundreds of thousands of Hizbullah supporters taking to the streets of Beirut. "Yesterday I talked to Saniora and I confirmed to him Italy's support," Prodi said during a conference on the Middle East organized by the Italian branch of the Aspen Institute. "I found him very motivated and determined to go on and resist intimidation." Prodi said he also talked to Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, a close ally of Hizbullah, and urged him "to keep a constructive attitude." The Italian leader said he is "worried by the latest developments" in the Middle East country, in remarks that came a day after hundreds of thousands of Hizbullah supporters flooded downtown Beirut in a massive demonstration calling on Saniora to resign. Prodi also announced that Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema would soon return to Beirut, the Lebanese capital. He did not give a date. D'Alema visited Beirut in mid-August.