Ambassador Carlo Marsili and his wife, Selva Balkan Marsili, paid a visit of courtesy to the Governor of south-eastern province of Malatya Halil Ibrahim Dasoz on Monday.
Governor Dasoz informed Ambassador Marsili about excavation works conducted by Italians at Malatya's Aslantepe Mound.
"The Italian excavation team established good dialog with the natives," Dasoz said.
Ambassador Marsili thanked Governor Dasoz for the warm welcome he received in Malatya and reminded that his wife was born in Dogansehir town of Malatya.
"One of the reasons for my current visit is about meeting with the Italians conducting excavations at Aslantepe Mound," Ambassador Marsili said.
In regard to the recent PKK attack in southeastern Turkey that killed 15 soldiers, Marsili said, "As of the first moment that I learned about this incident, I have conveyed my feelings of sorrow. I issued messages indicating my presence on the side of the Turkish people. Abdullah Ocalan was arrested at the airport upon his arrival in Italy. We (as Italy) think that Ocalan is one of the worst terrorists. The Italian government has nothing to do with either Ocalan or terrorism. Our warm relations with Turkey show our stance on terror. We are on Turkey's side in its fight against PKK."
Marsili later paid a visit of courtesy to Malatya Mayor Cemal Akin.