Lisbon, 14 November 2011
I would like to warmly congratulate you, on behalf of the
Portuguese Government and in my own name, for having been nominated
by H. E. President Giorgio Napolitano as Prime Minister of Italy. I
wish you every success for your term in office and I want you to
know that you can count on Portugal's support and cooperation as a
close friend and partner of Italy.
Your appointment is a tribute to the dedication and distinction
that have characterized your outstanding career. I am convinced
that Italy will rapidly find, under your leadership, the necessary
conditions to solve the financial situation and resume the path of
I strongly believe, as you have rightly underlined, that Italy
is an element of strength within the European Union and that
together we will be able to overcome the crisis and build a future
of dignity and hope for our present and future generations.
Looking forward to meeting you soon, please accept, Excellency,
the assurances of my highest considerations and esteem.
Pedro Passos Coelho
H.E. Mr. Mario Monti