Similarly, France is attempting to thaw the political deep-freeze imposed on PLO leader Yasser Arafat by Israel and the US. French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said this week that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's recent visit to Israel, during which he met only with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and boycotted Arafat, had "not satisfied the European position". Yesterday, Berlusconi responded by saying that French leaders "missed a good opportunity to shut up." Berlusconi's statement echoed that directed by Chirac at eastern European leaders for their staunch support of the US prior to the war in Iraq.
Thursday, June 19, 2003
You gotta love Silvio Berlusconi of Italy. When France criticized him for not meeting with Yasser Arafat in a recent trip to the Middle East he let them know what he thought of their interference,
Posted by Betsy Newmark at 7:24 AM