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Pelosi Statement on Meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella

Rome – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement after meeting with the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella:

“It was my honor to meet with President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace this afternoon.  Our discussions focused on our nations’ ongoing partnership to advance security, enhance prosperity and defend Democracy in Ukraine – for our nations and in the world.

“We reaffirmed our countries’ commitments to supporting the people of Ukraine as they courageously fight back against Putin’s unlawful aggression, including by strengthening NATO and the G7.  We agreed on the importance of tackling rising costs stemming from the Russian invasion, as well as ensuring economic security on both sides of the Atlantic.  I reiterated America’s appreciation for Italy hosting 30,000 American troops and their families.  In the course of our discussion, we also talked about climate, as it relates to saving the planet, reducing dependence on Russian oil and gas, and diversification to do both.

“Strengthened by generations of shared history and common values, the U.S.-Italy alliance remains as essential as ever to leading the world in the 21st Century.  Thank you to President Mattarella for being a global force for good and for the hospitality extended today.”

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