Macron and the new Italian Prime Minister Meloni spoke on Sunday

PARIS, Oct 23 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron and Italy’s new Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni spoke in Rome on Sunday for the first, albeit informal, meeting between the two political leaders.

Macron, who is currently on an official visit to Italy, in a post on Twitter in Italian after the meeting said the two countries must continue to work together, “with dialogue and ambition”.

Macron and Meloni discussed current European issues, including the need for rapid and joint responses to rising energy prices, support for Ukraine and managing migrant flows, the office said. of the Italian Prime Minister in a press release.

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Meloni, Italy’s first female prime minister, officially succeeded Mario Draghi as head of government earlier on Sunday after she and her new ministerial team were officially sworn in on Saturday in Rome, giving the country its most trusted government. right since World War II. .

Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party has neo-fascist roots, but she sought to project a moderate image during the election campaign, abandoning previous anti-EU rhetoric and pledging to keep Italy at the heart of the institutions European and Western.

European Commission leaders in Brussels sent him congratulatory messages on Saturday.

Macron, who attended a conference in Rome on Sunday aimed at exploring ways to promote world peace, will meet Pope Francis on Monday.

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Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta, Elizabeth Pineau and Sophie Louet in Paris and Giulio Piovaccari in Milan; Editing by Edmund Blair, Jan Harvey and Mark Porter

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