September 30, 2022

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Draghi meets Biden at the White House. US President: Strong friendship with Italy

The danger of a food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine. And the Italian race for independence from Russian gas, in which, in the medium term, the United States will also be able to play a key role. These are some of the issues at the heart of the meeting between Prime Minister Mario Draghi and US President Joe Biden, who will soon meet at the White House.

Biden, “The Dragon in the White House, a Strong Friendship with Italy.”

This afternoon, I will host Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi at the White House. I look forward to reaffirming the strong friendship and cooperation between our two countries and discussing our continued support for Ukraine,” the US president wrote on Twitter.

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Diplomatic sources note that the contribution that the United States will be able to make to Italy will be essential in the medium/long term to Rome’s energy diversification policy. The states currently supply Italy with 10% of LNG imports, a volume the government intends to increase. One of the problems is the regasification capabilities, which Italy plans to increase by installing two floating regasification devices, one of which will already be operational at the beginning of 2023 and the other by the end of next year, as guaranteed by the Minister of Environment. Roberto Cingolani transfer.

The confrontation between the US president and the Italian prime minister comes on the heels of Biden’s green light for a Kyiv Acceleration and Arms Act inspired by a 1941 measure that allowed the United States led by Roosevelt to arm the British army against Hitler.