ROME, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Wednesday raised the issue of alleged U.S. special service's spying on the European Union (EU) during his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome, according to ANSA news agency.
According to sources from the Italian government quoted by ANSA, Letta raised concerns about reports that Italians were among millions of people to have their phone conversations intercepted by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).
Kerry reportedly said that the United States was "reviewing the issue." He also added that his country wanted to "find the right balance between protection of security and the privacy of citizens."
Earlier this week, Italian media said that privacy watchdog Antonello Soro has formally asked Letta's government to report on whether the communications of Italian citizens were also affected.
Other topics of the talks, which were held in the presence of Italy's Foreign Minister Emma Bonino, included peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, the political instability in Syria and Libya as well as Iran's disputed nuclear program.
Later on the same day, Kerry was scheduled to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome.