Obama, Italian Prime Minister Renzi to meet at White House

Author: Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) – Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is getting an audience with President Barack Obama.

Obama is hosting Renzi at the White House today to compare notes on a range of issues, including Ukraine, Libya and Islamic State militants.

The leaders are also expected to discuss Europe’s economy, a pending trade pact between the U.S. and Europe, climate change and energy security.

Italy’s economy is mired in recession, and Renzi seeks Obama’s support for economic changes that have yet to substantially improve Italy’s fiscal outlook.

The country is also struggling to manage the unprecedented influx of migrants who are fleeing instability in Libya and other parts of North Africa and the Middle East.

Obama and Renzi first met when the president visited Italy last year.

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