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Biden and Italy's PM discussed aid to Ukraine at White House

Biden and Italy's PM discussed aid to Ukraine at White House Photo: US President Joe Biden (Getty Images)

President of the United States Joe Biden met with the Prime Minister of Italy, Giorgia Meloni, at the White House. He thanked the Italian Prime Minister for the steadfast support of Ukraine, according to the White House website and YouTube.

During the meeting, the leaders exchanged views on Italy's future prospects during its presidency of the G7. Among the topics discussed were the unwavering support for Ukraine, sustainable development, food and energy security, migration, as well as cooperation in artificial intelligence and continued joint efforts to support the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment.

Biden and Italy's Prime Minister Meloni reaffirmed their steadfast support for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression. The President commended Meloni's leadership role in the G7 and the European Union, focused on enhancing assistance to Ukraine.

"We intend, first and foremost, to reaffirm the rules-based international order, defending freedom and building peace for Ukraine," stated Meloni.

Leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to Israel's right to self-defense under international law and discussed the importance of aid to the Gaza Strip amid the ongoing conflict. Biden stated that the US would provide humanitarian assistance to the residents of Gaza from the air.

Additionally, the leaders discussed the upcoming summit of the Group of Seven in Apulia and the NATO summit in Washington. They emphasized the vital importance of transatlantic relations and their leading role in addressing challenges.

It is worth noting that the US House of Representatives will address the issue of new funding for assistance to Ukraine after a temporary government shutdown is averted.

According to Speaker Johnson, "the House of Representatives is carefully considering all possible options; we will revisit this issue as soon as the government receives the necessary funding."