Italian PM Meloni seeks to boost ties with Turkey in first trip as G7 head

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Giorgia Meloni met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Saturday, the Italian premier’s first official trip overseas after her nation took the presidency of the Group of 7 countries.

The two governments are aiming to boost the value of trade between their countries to $32.7 billion (€30 billion) by 2030 from around €25 billion currently, according to an official briefed on the talks.

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Defense deals could include Italy’s Leonardo SpA, which works on aerospace and security globally.

Migration was also on the agenda, with both countries looking at a deal with Libya to strengthen collaboration, the person said. According to Italian media, the three nations could sign a deal on migration before summer.

The visit by Meloni, which took in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, follows a string of informal talks between the two officials on the sidelines of international meetings in Bali, Vilnius, New York, and Dubai.

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