The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today in Washington with Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Matteo Salvini.  They reiterated the value of the United States’ longstanding relationship with Italy, including as NATO Allies and members of the G7.  They also discussed confronting regional security risks from Russia and Iran, the threat posed by China’s predatory investments in key infrastructure and technology in Italy and Europe, and the need for strengthened U.S.-Italy defense cooperation.

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