Thursday, September 17, 2009

AP: Romanian PM visits Italy

Romanian Premier Emil Boc says relations between his country and Italy are good, as he seeks to move past tensions over a spate of crimes in Italy blamed on Romanian immigrants.

Boc met in Rome on Wednesday with Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi and said both countries have "zero tolerance" for crime.

He said responsibility for individual crimes lies with the criminals, and cannot be "generalized" and extended to an entire community.Relations between Italy and Romania soured after a crime wave in Italy was blamed on Romanians. It is estimated that at least 600,000 Romanians live in Italy.Boc and Berlusconi said bilateral and economic relations between the two countries are good.

Earlier Wednesday, Boc met Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

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