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President Bush and Mrs. Bush are pleased to welcome Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy for an Official Visit to the White House on Columbus Day, October 13, 2008. The President and the Prime Minister share a strong commitment to the values of freedom, and Italy is making vital contributions to democracy and stability in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, Lebanon, and elsewhere around the world.
The President and Mrs. Bush visited Italy in June 2008 and welcome the opportunity to return the generous hospitality that Prime Minister Berlusconi, President Napolitano, and the Italian people extended to them during their visit. The visit will celebrate the warm U.S.-Italian friendship and the deep cultural and historic ties our two countries share. The President and Prime Minister Berlusconi will discuss a range of strategic issues and deepen transatlantic cooperation on the shared challenges we face.