Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti was incorrectly identified as a president in a story and picture caption in Thursday's edition.
Italian President Giulio Andreotti yesterday gained U.S. agreement to explere support for his nation's nuclear power development and high praise for leading Italy toward greater stability.
At the end to two days of talks between Andreotti and President Carter diplomats said the path is now open for greater cooperation to reinforce the prevarious Italian experiment in governing a nation.
At the to leaders ended their talks Carter said, "We have been extremely pleased and gratified by the superb progress" of Italy under the Christian Democrate Party government of Andreotti.
Under an agreement reached last month, Andreotti is governing with Communist cooperation, but without Communists in the government Italy's Communist Party received 34 per cent of the vote in last year's election and the Christian Democrats 38 per cent raising the challenge of whether Italy was governable without direct participation of the Communists.
The Carter administration is determined to demonstrate its confidence in Andreotti to reinforce his position in relation to the Communists.That was done with lavish praise by the President during the two days, as he halled Andreotti [WORD ILLEGIBLE]leadership." In addition Andreotti also received tangible evidence of broadened American support his associates said yesterday.
A White House statement employed exceptional diplomatic vagueness to avoid any direct reterence to the unusual Christian Democratic Communist political compact in Italy. It said only that.
"The prime minister described the Italian situation in its various aspects. The president expressed appreciation for Italy's continued contribution to Western cooperation and allied solidarity, and its commitment to democratic institutions."
Andreotti was commended for leading his nation's deeply troubled economy "toward greater stability less inflation and a more favorable balance of payments."
Italy's economy has improved enough that Andreotti sought no additional loans, as he did on an emergency visit to Washington last December. That visit helped produce an International Monetary fund credit of $530 million, tied to economic stability practices.
One priority for Andreotti this trip was Italy's plan to build 12 nuclear power plants with financing through the U.S. Export-Import Bank and private lenders. An obstacle on the American side has been the Carter administration's concern about worldwide nuclear proliferation that can raise the risk of diversion of nuclear fuel to weaponry.
President Carter, the White House statement said, "agreed to explore ways of meeting Italy's needs for assured supplies of natural uranium as well as financing of its nuclear power program."
Italian sources expressed high satisfaction with that agreement, plus a decision to intensify cooperation in "defense procurement" and economic investment scientific and technical cooperation.
Cooperation on defense procurement diplomatic sources said envisions possible Italian production of military equipment to help offset Italy's trade deficit with the United States. In addition, Italian sources said the Andreotti government is hopeful for greater U.S. encouragement for American business investment in Italy as evidence of confidence in Italian stability.
Andreotti in office 11 months told American reporters at a Blair House breakfast meeting that what is termed his party's "programmatic accordi with the Communists is no prelude to bringing the Communist into the Italian cabinet. His government he maintained will be strong enough to prevent that.
He described his own attitude toward the Communists as "very cautious very prudent but no totally mistrustful."
Andreotti has commended the Carter administration's decision to liberalize the granting of visas to Communist as a means of removing the Communist contention that the United States was denying a human right of travel.
The Andreotti party leaves Washington today.