Italian President Sergio Mattarella speaks to the media during the second day of consultations at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy, April 5, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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A source in Mattarella's office said the president was concerned about the growing Syrian crisis, with some parties openly challenging U.S. threats to retaliate over a suspected gas attack blamed on President Bashar Assad.While initial considerations focused on domestic policies, Syria has added a new layer of uncertainty, with the leading right-wing party, the League, appearing to side with Russia against the United States.Italy's caretaker administration, led by the center-left Democratic Party (PD), which was roundly defeated last month, has condemned the Syrian gas attack.La Repubblica newspaper reported on Thursday that Mattarella wanted to speed up the coalition talks to give Italy a fully-fledged government as soon as possible to deal with Syria.
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