Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Foreign Minister Gentiloni were received at the White House, where they had a long meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office.
“We talked at length about the issue of refugees and migrants, which has a terrible impact on Europe and Italy in particular. According to US, it is not a European problem, but a global problem that pressures US and the transatlantic relations,” – Obama said during a press conference after the meeting, in which he thanked Italy for its “important commitment to protecting the dam of Mosul in Iraq, a strategic point for Iraqi population.
For Mattarella, Italy’s commitment in Libya aims at solving the problems that afflict this territory and to bring back political stability and security of the population. “Our close transatlantic partnership allows us today and will continue to allow us to face the challenges and to defeat the enemies of peace and human rights”, – continued the Head of State.
Mattarella thanked US president for “the wonderful hospitality they received” at the White House and invited Obama to Italy, a visit that will probably happen within a year. US President accepted the invitation, stating that Italy is one of his favorite destinations.