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    Obama praises Italy’s role in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama on Friday praised Italy for the significant contribution it has made to efforts for bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan.   

    “Italy is one of our biggest contributors in Afghanistan and makes enormous sacrifices. They welcome and host our troops on Italian soil,” Obama said in joint press availability with his Italian counterpart Giorgio Napolitano.

    He said economic bonds between the two countries were very significant. “And in all this, President Napolitano has shown himself to be a visionary leader who has helped to guide and steer Europe towards greater unification.”