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Israel’s PM Netanyahu Congratulates New Italian PM Matteo Renzi

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Photo: WikiCommons.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Photo: WikiCommons.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with new Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Sunday to congratulate him on taking up office.

In a statement, Netanyahu’s Communications Office said the two prime ministers expressed appreciation for the productive cooperation between Israel and Italy as well as the hope that it will be enhanced and expand to other areas including technology.

Netanyahu stressed Italy’s important role in the international arena and its support in thwarting boycotts against Israel. He invited Prime Minister Renzi to visit Israel and the two expressed their hope to hold an additional round of meetings between the two governments.

From 2009 to 2014, Renzi was the Mayor of Florence, and, from 2004 to 2009, he was President of the Florence Province. At 39 years old, Renzi is Italy’s youngest premier in the modern era.

In Italy, Renzi is often called “il Rottamatore,” meaning “the Scrapper,” a nickname that refers to his call to scrap the entire Italian political establishment, which many regard as discredited, tainted by corruption, and as having failed the nation decade after decade.

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