French President Emmanuel Macron promised Sunday to work alongside Giorgia Meloni with “dialogue and ambition”, after his first meeting with Italy’s new prime minister in Rome.
Shortly before he tweeted the comment, Macron thanked outgoing premier Mario Draghi in a post featuring a photo of the former European Central Bank chief and the words: “Grazie (thank you) Mario.”
Later, Meloni issued a statement saying the “informal” meeting had been “friendly and fruitful”, lasting more than an hour.
They discussed “all the main European issues”, from the need for a rapid and shared response to high energy bills, to support for Ukraine, the difficult economic situation, and “management of migratory flows”.
“Meloni and Macron agreed on the willingness to continue to cooperate on the major common challenges at European level and in respect of mutual national interests,” the statement said.