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US, Italy agree on “close coordination” over shared challenges 

Washington, Feb 18 (IANS) US President Barack Obama and Italy’s new President Sergio Mattarella agreed to continue “close coordination” to cope with “shared challenges.”

In a telephone conversation Tuesday, the two leaders reaffirmed the ” deep and abiding” ties between their countries, the White House said in a statement, Xinhua reported.

“They agreed that the US and Italian governments would remain in close coordination to address shared challenges,” the statement said.

Mattarella, 73, was sworn in Feb 3, three days after being elected by a collection of more than 1,000 lawmakers and regional government representatives. In their phone talks, Obama congratulated him on his election.

ROME, Feb. 3, 2015(Xinhua)-- Newly elected President Sergio Mattarella delivers a speech at the Parliament in Rome, Feb. 3, 2015. Sergio Mattarella, 73, a former constitutional judge, was sworn in Tuesday as Italy's new president to succeed the elderly Giorgio Napolitano.  (Xinhua/Alberto Lingria/IANS)

ROME, Feb. 3, 2015(Xinhua)– Newly elected President Sergio Mattarella delivers a speech at the Parliament in Rome, Feb. 3, 2015. Sergio Mattarella, 73, a former constitutional judge, was sworn in Tuesday as Italy’s new president to succeed the elderly Giorgio Napolitano. (Xinhua/Alberto Lingria/IANS)

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