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    Italy ha decided to support Portugal's bid to join the European Common Market, adding its voice to those of Britain, Denmark and Ireland.

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    Italy ha decided to support Portugal's bid to join the European Common Market, adding its voice to those of Britain, Denmark and Ireland.

    SYNOPSIS: The support follows a visit by the Portuguese Prime Minister Mario Soares, who arrived in Rome on Thursday (18 February). He was greeted by the Italian Foreign Minister, Arnaldo Forlani and numerous other officials. A formal request for Portugal's membership is expected to be made soon after Mr. Soare's tour of Common Market capitals. He has the rare blessing of his country's two main opposition parties - both consider the application a national project and welcome it.

    Doctor Soares sees Common Market membership as being vital for the future of the young democracy and its economic development. He says i's natural there should be some reticences and difficulties within the EEC over Portugal's entry, but he said his country is ready to overcome the reserves and remove the obstacles. Dr. Soares says that to gain admission Portugal must work harder, developing production and increasing exports to levels not very far behind the other EEC countries.

    He had talks with Italian Prime Minister Guilio Andreotti, who later told reporters his government backed the request for full membership in 1985, after a transitional phase. Cautious officials had said before the meeting Italy may have reservations over cheap Portuguese agricultural exports, but these fears proved groundless. Next month, Dr. Soares begins a possibly more difficult round of meetings with France, West Germany and other market countries.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA7CISO1QVX10B8O4PEY55JE49
    Media URN:
    VLVAA7CISO1QVX10B8O4PEY55JE49
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/02/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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