President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. welcomed Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni of Italy to the White House today to continue their close coordination on shared priorities.  The leaders exchanged views on Italy’s objectives under its G7 presidency, including abiding support for Ukraine, sustainable development, food and energy security, migration, as well as cooperation on artificial intelligence and continued joint efforts in support of the Partnership on Global Infrastructure and Investment. President Biden and Prime Minister Meloni reaffirmed their unwavering support for Ukraine as it fights against Russian aggression.  The President commended Prime Minister Meloni’s leadership role in the G7 and European Union to bolster support for Ukraine, and Prime Minister Meloni emphasized the significance of sustained U.S. support for Ukraine.  The leaders discussed developments in the Middle East, including the importance of preventing regional escalation.  They reaffirmed their commitment to Israel’s right to self-defense consistent with international law and underscored the urgent need to increase deliveries of life-saving humanitarian assistance throughout Gaza.  President Biden and Prime Minister Meloni discussed the upcoming G7 Leaders’ Summit in Puglia and NATO Summit in Washington, underscoring the vitality of the transatlantic relationship and its centrality to addressing global challenges.


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