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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. The leaders discussed trade and investment, NATO, North Africa, and the Middle East during their bilateral meeting. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. The leaders discussed trade and investment, NATO, North Africa, and the Middle East during their bilateral meeting. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(AP) President Barack Obama is getting some encouragement from a world leader who is no stranger to economic crisis.


Obama met Thursday in the Oval Office with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, just hours after the U.S. government fully reopened following a 16-day partial shutdown.


The shutdown took effect when Obama and Congress couldn't agree on spending levels. Lawmakers also had threatened to send the country into economic default.


But an agreement passed late Wednesday by Congress and signed by Obama reopened the government through mid-January and pushed the default deadline into February.


Italy's economy is in dire straits, and Letta is trying to turn it around.


Letta says he congratulated Obama on "yesterday's success" and says it is very important for the stability of world markets.


Associated Press
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