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Share16 October 2019Sergio Mattarella is in the United States, in the White House where the American president Donald Trump resides, honored to receive a man "very respected", giving her to the president of the Italian Republic: "Relations with Italy are excellent, not have never been so good ". Handshakes for photographers, smiles and then confrontation on the central themes of this historical period: Turkish offensive and commercial duties. Mattarella replies: "A solid, transatlantic and human bond".
The question of duties
During the tête-à-tête interview at the Ovale studio with the US president, Mattarella asked, from now on, a collaborative confrontation between the two countries on the question of possible duties: "I hope that we can find a method of collaborative comparison: for Italy it is preferable to meet immediately and find a solution taking into account the needs of both. Imposing duties risks setting out on a road that will force us to find, in any case, a point of agreement, better to find it immediately ".
The go-ahead of the WTO - World Trade Organization - to US sanctions for 7.5 billion dollars against the European Union could cost Italy over a billion euros. To pay the most salty bill is likely to be the agri-food sector with above all wines, cheeses, pasta, extra virgin olive oil and citrus fruits.
That is why the president Mattarella asks that the possible provision "not be retaliatory". Trump's response is ready: "The EU should not retaliate against the US after the WTO's decision on aid to Airbus", with Brussels accused of granting illegal aid to the aircraft manufacturer.
Withdrawal of American troops in the Turkish-Syrian border
"Turkey is now complaining about so many things, but we are dealing" with the Allied country and second NATO army "in the right way", says Trump about the offensive in the Middle East.
The country commanded by President Recep Erdoğan for a week has started the operation "Source of peace" to defeat the ISIS present in the Kurdish lands, causing deaths and displacement of civilians from some areas of Rojava, territory of Syrian Kurdistan since 2016. For Trump, the Kurds are protected by Syria, even after the last approaches of the Syrian military in Damascus in the city of Manbij with the Kurdish people, composed according to the words of the tycoon by "good fighters", but "they are not angels".
Trump said that now the conflict must be resolved between the army of al-Assad and that of Erdoğan, and "not from the United States as many have said." The Ankara offensive arose precisely following the withdrawal of the US military, now replaced in the buffer zone on the border between Turkey and Syria by Russian troops of Vladimir Putin, "from which the Syrians can get help: there is a lot of sand to play with there ... ". Trump also explained, perhaps, the reason for this withdrawal: "We do not want to be a policeman all over the world, we are present in 90 countries, at the expense of a lot of money and not even being appreciated".
The leader of the Republicans, busy in the United States from the upcoming presidential elections and the Kievgate case, has returned to the theme of economic sanctions against Turkey, a NATO ally, calling them "more effective in maintaining stability than the presence of US troops". The meeting between Erdoğan and the American delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled for tomorrow. The bilateral trade negotiation between the two countries is 100 billion dollars.