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Reagan Meets With Craxi

October 20, 1988

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Reagan met with Italian Socialist leader Bettino Craxi today and ″stressed the strong, friendly bilateral relations between our two countries,″ the White House said.

Craxi, in Washington to receive an award from the Italian-American Foundation, was prime minister of Italy from 1983 to 1987 and is now head of the Italian Socialist Party.

White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said Reagan indicated appreciation of Italy’s deicison to accept the U.S. 401st Tactical Fighter Wing, which the Spanish government had asked be moved from Torrejon, Spain.

Fitzwater said Reagan commended Italy’s contribution to western security and ″discussed East-West relations in general.″

″The president talked about the strength of NATO and how important that is,″ the spokesman said.

The meeting lasted about 20 minutes.

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