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Italy: No.10 record of conversation (MT, Howe, Hurd, Younger, Geoffrey Pattie, Craxi, Andreotti, Scalfaro, Spadolini, Granelli) [Anglo-Italian Summit in Florence, plenary] [declassified Dec 2014]

Document type: Declassified documents
Venue: Pitti Palace, Florence
Source: PREM19/1819 f3
Editorial comments:

1245-1345, at which point Foreign Ministers signed the Extradition Agreement. Relevant supporting document follows the main item. Read other documents selected from this file. The full file from which this item is taken can be seen here - PREM19-1819. Giles FitzHerbert, then a senior diplomat at the British Embassy in Rome, recalls a conversation shortly after the Florence Summit with Bruno Bottai of the Italian Foreign Ministry describing the event in depressing terms. "...e non c'era una scintilla di simpatia fra i due primi ministri" - there was not a spark of sympathy between the two Prime Ministers (editorial note 8 Dec 2017 following conversation with Mr FitzHerbert the previous day). Bottai had attended.

Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 7pp
Themes: Agriculture, Trade, Foreign policy (USA), Foreign policy (Americas excluding USA), Foreign policy (Middle East), Foreign policy (International organizations), Commonwealth (South Africa), European Union (general), European Union Budget, Arts & entertainment, Defence (general), Defence (arms control), Terrorism, Parliament, Law & order, Race, immigration, nationality, British relations with the US, British relations with Italy, MT's meetings as PM