Washington: Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi meets President Barack Obama

17 2009

Washington: Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi meets President Barack Obama

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Washington: A body of rules and principles for addressing the international economic crisis and food security were the two chief topics on which Italy and the United States will be working together at the upcoming G8 in l’Aquila, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi explained at the end of his two-hour talks at the White House with US President Barack Obama.

The two leaders went through the G8 agenda point by point with a view to arriving at concrete solutions on a number of major topics. "We are working to arrive at a body of rules and principles for averting future financial and economic crises of the kind we have had," Mr. Berlusconi said. "We agree that the G8 itself will not be able to create that body, but, as the Pittsburgh G20 approaches, we must work to arrive at joint solutions that will not curb the free expansion of the economy." The Prime Minister also voiced the hope that the eight major countries' meeting in l’Aquila would impart fresh thrust to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations, known as the Doha Round.

Mr. Berlusconi went on to highlight the fact that one of the chief items on the l’Aquila Summit's agenda was food security, citing the United States' "concrete drive" and voicing the hope that other countries would do likewise, joining forces with the United States. Turning to climate change, Prime Minister Berlusconi said he hoped the l’Aquila G8 would see the start of a move backed by all the countries in the direction of cutting carbon dioxide production.

After the meeting at the White House, the prime minister visited the National Gallery, where one of the Abruzzo's major works of art is on show: the Beffi Triptych, which was kept at the National Museum in l’Aquila prior to the earthquake. The panels will be on show for three months in the West Building Rotunda, made available on rare occasions only for temporary exhibitions but thrown open by way of exception to a work deemed the "ambassador" of the recovery of Abruzzo's artistic heritage in the United States.

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