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President Obama congratulates new Italian prime minister on election

U.S. President Barack Obama telephoned Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday to congratulate him on his new office, which he assumed on February 22. According to the White House, the two leaders discussed the Italian economy and U.S.-Italian relations.
Posted By JC Finley   |   Feb. 24, 2014 at 6:59 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama telephoned the recently elected Italian prime minister on Monday to congratulate him on his new office.

According to the White House, the president called Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to convey his congratulations and to discuss the Italian economy and U.S.-Italian partnership.

The President expressed support for Prime Minister Renzi’s leadership on creating economic growth and jobs, and he looks forward to continued close U.S.-Italian partnership on Afghanistan, Libya, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and security and defense cooperation.

The two leaders are scheduled to meet in Rome in March.

[White House]

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