ABU DHABI Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Sunday he was pleased by the prospect of an investment by Abu Dhabi's Etihad in troubled Italian airline Alitalia and hoped a successful deal would be worked out.
The two companies announced earlier they were in the final phase of a due diligence process aimed at ensuring Alitalia CAITLA.UL could return to profitability and would work to try to finalise a common strategy over the next 30 days.
"I am very happy with the announcement, we have worked for this outcome," Letta told reporters during a visit to Abu Dhabi.
He said Alitalia needed a strategic investor and his government would follow the talks with "great hope" and a flexible approach because the two sides "are people who know their business".
(Reporting By Gavin Jones, editing by Isla Binnie)