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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy

President Obama spoke today by phone with Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy to thank him for the close friendship and partnership the leaders enjoyed during the Prime Minister’s tenure.  President Obama and Prime Minister Renzi discussed the outcome of Italy’s December 4 constitutional referendum.  The President emphasized that Italy will remain one of the United States’ closest and strongest allies and an indispensable partner, noting that our relationship is based on shared history, common values, and overlapping objectives on a full range of global issues, from addressing climate change and the global refugee crisis to enhancing global security and fostering sustainable, inclusive economic growth.