Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has summoned the U.S. ambassador and demanded that the United States fully respect his country's sovereignty.
The meeting between Mr. Berlusconi and Ambassador Mel Sembler focused on the alleged CIA kidnapping of a radical Muslim cleric in Milan in 2003. The cleric, Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, also known as Abu Omar was later transferred to Egypt, where the victim said he was tortured.
Italian authorities said the ambassador assured Mr. Berlusconi of full U.S. respect for Italy.
Italian news reports say the cleric is wanted on terrorism charges.
The United States and Egyptian officials have declined to comment on the Italian charges.
Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.