§ 44. Mr. Donnelly
asked the Prime Minister whether he will make a statement regarding his visit to Italy.
§ The Prime Minister
My visit to Italy, on which I was accompanied by my noble Friend, the Foreign Secretary, was made at the invitation of the Italian Government. It returned the visit which the then Italian Prime Minister paid to this country last year.
We had full and valuable discussions with the Italian Prime Minister, Signor Fanfani, and Foreign Minister, Signor Segni. The details of our talks were confidential, but an agreed communiqué was issued on 22nd November. This reported that the discussions covered the main aspects of the present international situation, and in particular the importance of solidarity within the Atlantic Alliance, the situation in Africa, the work of the United Nations, with special reference to disarmament, and aid to under-developed countries.
We also discussed the question of relations between the Six and the Seven and the importance of finding a solution to this problem. We agreed that there should be further informal exchanges between us about the special difficulties which face Italy in this connection.