Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump to meet Italian premier ahead of G-7 meeting in Italy

Trump to meet Italian premier ahead of G-7 meeting in Italy

Speaking to reporters in Washington, DC on Thursday, following a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Trump contradicted his guest's assessment that the USA role in stabilizing Libya would be critical, arguing the U.S. has "enough roles... everywhere". They'll discuss the Group of Seven industrialized nations meeting in Italy next month.

Standing alongside Italian premier Paolo Gentiloni, Trump praised Italy's contributions to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I do see a role in getting rid of ISIS, we're very effective in that regard". The G-7 nations have attempted to pressure Russian Federation to put an end to Syria's civil war, without much success.

Italy has suffered sluggish economic growth and was a staunch backer of a proposed U.S. -European agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and meant to unlock "opportunity for American families, workers, businesses, farmers and ranchers through increased access to European markets".

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was in favor of a strong Europe, as France gears up for an election where European unity is a key issue and Britain negotiates its departure from the European Union. The attack prompted Trump to launch missile strikes on a Syrian airfield.

Trump will travel to Europe next month for the first time since taking office for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels, followed by the G-7 meeting in Italy.

Like Trump, anti-establishment French populist Marine Le Pen hopes for an electoral boost by seizing on voter disenchantment with politics as usual.

Trump has called for all countries in the alliance to adhere to a threshold of contributing 2 percent of their gross domestic product to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Gentiloni said that despite budgetary limitations, "the commitment has been made" to meet the target.

"We need a stable and unified Libya", the Italian PM said, noting that US Special Forces had taken part in defeating Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the port city of Sirte, but that solving the problem of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Italy and beyond would require nation-building.

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