Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is going to discuss the international conference on Iraq with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the premier told the Saturday news conference in Rome following US President George Bush's visit to Italy.
According to Mr. Berlusconi, he wants this forum to be mentioned in the UN Security Council's new resolution on Iraq. The preceding draft resolution missed it because it was decided to put the matter at the discretion of the new Iraqi government, he explained.
"It is the new government of Iraq that is to decide on the possibility and necessity of this conference", the Italian prime minister said.
At the news conference, George Bush and Silvio Berlusconi reaffirmed that, although Italy is not a member of the UN Security Council, it participates in the drafting of the new resolution on Iraq.
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