April 28th, 2017

Italian PM, fresh from winning praise from Trump, meets with Trudeau

By The Canadian Press on April 21, 2017.

Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, left, meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, April 21, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is welcoming Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni to Parliament Hill for a meeting, one day after Italy’s leader earned praise from Donald Trump in Washington.

Trump is expected to be a topic of discussion between the two. Italy is to host the G7 leaders’ summit next month, which will be part of the U.S. president’s entry into the world of multilateral summitry.

Trump on Thursday praised Italy’s contributions to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and its efforts to promote stability in Libya.

Italy has also committed to increase its defence spending to two per cent of gross domestic product, the target Trump wants all NATO members to reach, but Trudeau has said Canada is already doing its fair share.

Italy supports free-trade agreements, something Trump has poured cold water on repeatedly, including this week when he said he was to see some “some very big changes” to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The G7 follows the NATO leaders’ summit in Brussels, which Trump and Trudeau are expected to attend.

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