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Presidents Mattarella and Obama meet in Washington



Presidents Mattarella and Obama meet in Washington

Washington, February 8, 2016 – Barack Obama, the President of the United States, hosted Sergio Mattarella, the President of the Italian Republic, in the Oval Office at the White House. Paolo Gentiloni, the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Joe Biden, the Vice President of the United States, were also present.

In the afternoon the President of the Republic will meet the Italian community at the Italian Embassy.

President Mattarella’s visit to the United States will continue tomorrow February 9 with: breakfast with Vice President Joe Biden, followed by a meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill. Later, he will meet members of the Italian American Congressional Delegation.

After Washington, D.C., the President’s following stop in the United States will be on Wednesday, February 10 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, where the Head of State will hold talks with the President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. President Mattarella will also visit the Permament Mission of Italy to the United Nations and meet with Italian officials working at the United Nations.

In the afternoon, he will visit Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial, and later greet the Italian community at the Guggenheim museum.

On February 11, President Mattarella will deliver an address at Columbia University, and then visit the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

On February 12, the Head of State will fly to Houston, the last stop of his visit to the United States, where he will visit the Johnson Space Center and meet with Italian astronauts.

For further information, images and videos, please visit the “Quirinale” website

Courtesy translation