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Obama leaves Rome, sets off for Riyadh

US president met pope, Napolitano and Renzi in Italy

28 March, 11:25
Obama leaves Rome, sets off for Riyadh (ANSA) - Rome, March 28 - United States President Barack Obama left Rome abroad Air Force One on Friday after two nights in the Italian capital and headed to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

During a packed 36 hours in Italy, Obama had meetings with Pope Francis, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Premier Matteo Renzi and also found time for a private tour of the Colosseum. His international mission this week also included international talks at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, at which the United States and other members of the G8 suspended Russia from the group of leading industrialised nations over its annexation of the Ukraine peninsula of Crimea. He arrived in Rome on Wednesday from Brussels, where he attended an EU-US summit and met NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.