U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Friday met separately with President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy in Rome to strengthen ties following a meeting with Pope Francis in Vatican City.
The White House characterized both meetings as productive, saying that Mr. Biden emphasized the strength of the bilateral relationship and the Transatlantic bond between U.S. and Italy during his meeting with President Mattarella, thanking him “for Italy’s leadership of the G20 and for bringing together the world’s largest economies to meet shared challenges, including fighting the climate crisis, ending the pandemic, and strengthening the global recovery.”
“President Biden expressed gratitude for Italy’s contributions to NATO and for providing temporary shelter to over 4,000 Afghans en route to being resettled in the United States in August. The leaders also discussed joint work to update the global rules for the 21st century economy based on shared democratic values,” added the White House.
Meeting Prime Minister Draghi, Biden also affirmed the strength of the U.S.-Italy bilateral relationship and thanked the Prime Minister “for his personal leadership of the G20 during a year of overlapping global challenges.”
“Both leaders recognized the historic achievement of a global minimum tax, building resilience against future pandemics, and the commitment to rapidly decarbonize how we produce electricity.
“President Biden thanked Prime Minister Draghi for all Italy has done to support the people of Afghanistan, including by convening an extraordinary G20 session to address counter-terrorism efforts and humanitarian aid, and by temporarily housing over 4,000 Afghans en route to the United States last August,” the White House said. “The leaders discussed challenges to security in the Mediterranean Sea region and reaffirmed the importance of NATO’s efforts to deter and defend against threats from every strategic direction. The leaders also reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to the bilateral relationship and to the Transatlantic bond, including through NATO. They emphasized the importance of the U.S.-EU partnership, including ongoing work to ensure the rules governing the 21st century economy are based in shared democratic values.”
In attendance for the President Biden’s bilateral meeting with Draghi were Antony Blinken, Secretary of State; Janet Yellen, Secretary of the Treasury of the United States of America; Jake Sullivan, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor; Mr. Thomas Smitham, Charge d’Affaires a.i., U.S. Embassy Rome; Daleep Singh, Deputy Assistant to the President & Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, and Dr. Amanda Sloat, Special Assistant to the President & Senior Director for Europe, NSC.
Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of the Italian Republic, was surrounded by Luigi Di Maio, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Mr. Antonio Funiciello, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister; Luigi Mattiolo, Diplomatic Advisor to the Prime Minister; Mariangela Zappia, Ambassador of the Italian Republic to the United States, and Mr. Alessandro Gonzales, Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to the Prime Minister