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Italy and Turkey Seek Warmer Ties Despite Previous Strains for Peace in Ukraine

  • The two countries announced 9 cooperation deals Tuesday
  • Draghi said Italy, Turkey are both seeking peace in Ukraine
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Mario Draghi at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on July 5.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Mario Draghi at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on July 5. Photographer: Aytac Unal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Italian Premier Mario Draghi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said they are both working to achieve peace in Ukraine, putting behind them a diplomatic incident that had strained relations between their countries.

“We hope to reach an agreement within ten days by intensifying talks for opening sea passage for transportation of Ukrainian grain,” Erdogan said after a meeting with Draghi in Ankara.