Italy 'biggest' European interlocutor for US - Salvini

Italy 'biggest' European interlocutor for US - Salvini

Matteo Salvini at Arlington National Cemetery

Italy is the "biggest" European country that the United States could want dialogue with, far-right interior minister and deputy premier Matteo Salvini told reporters during a visit to Washington on Monday.

"Italy is the biggest European country with which the US could and wants to have dialogue with," Salvini told reporters after a meeting at the State Department with secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

"It is a very interesting conduit for both sides," Salvini added.

Earlier, Salvini visite the national military cemetery at Arlington where he laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and visited the Lincoln Memorial, accompanied by Italy's ambassador Armando Varricchio.

Salvini was later due to meet vice-president Mike Pence at the White House.