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Trump meeting with Italy's Conte in the White House



WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump meets Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte at the White House as the US embarks on new trade talks with the European Union.

Trump wants to greet Conte at the Oval Office for the Italian Prime Minister's first trip to Washington since he took over the country's new populist government.

Trump and EU officials averted an escalation of a trade dispute last week and will initiate negotiations to avoid tariffs on automobiles and eliminate trade barriers.

Conte leads the Eurosceptic coalition of the 5-Star Movement, which sees itself as an anti-establishment, and the right-wing, north-based League Party.

The White House has taken note of Italy is an important NATO ally and an important partner of the US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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