London: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said that Italy would only welcome Albanian immigrants if they were pretty girls.
Berlusconi, 73, made the remark during a meeting with Albanian counterpart Sali Berisha at a summit, leaving his guest visibly uncomfortable by the quip.
“We will only accept pretty girls from Albania,” the Scotsman quoted Berlusconi as telling Berisha at a press conference in Rome.
The two had just held talks on the number of Albanians allowed into Italy, and opposition MPs immediately condemned his comments.
“Once again Berlusconi just doesn’t give up on his barracks humour,” Paola Pellegrini stated.
“Even in the face of tragedy such as immigration by desperate people, from in this case Albania, the Prime Minister repeats his obsession with woman reduced to fresh meat to be consumed.”
“He is an indecorous old man who pretends to lead a country which has been subjected to the propaganda of his television and newspapers,” Pellegrini added.
First Published: Saturday, February 13, 2010, 14:29