The President Presented Pope Francis With Gifts And Cracked Jokes As The Two Most Powerful Catholics Met At The Vatican For 90 Minutes

The President Presented Pope Francis With Gifts And Cracked Jokes As The Two Most Powerful Catholics Met At The Vatican For 90 Minutes

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3 min agoBiden is on his way to a meeting with the Italian prime ministerFrom CNN’s Kevin Liptak

President Biden has departed the Italian presidential palace after a courtesy call. Cameras caught him making small talk with the president as they walked out of the palace.

Biden is en route now to the Chigi Palace for a bilateral meeting with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

He is running about 45 minutes behind schedule.

1 min agoBiden met Italian President Sergio MattarellaPresident Biden met Italian President Sergio Mattarella after a meeting with Pope Francis.

Biden is in Rome ahead of the G20 summit.

6 min agoKey things to know about Biden and Macron’s clash last month over a Australian submarine dealFrom CNN’s Maegan Vazquez

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the Élysée Palace in Paris on October 29. (Stephane De Sakutin/Pool/AFP/Getty Images)President Biden is set to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron soon in Rome,their first in-person meeting following last month’s major diplomatic dust-up over an agreement for the US and United Kingdom to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.

The highly anticipated bilateral meeting between the long-standing allies will take place ahead of the Group of 20 meeting in Rome and the United Nations’ subsequent climate summit in Glasgow.

Last month, the US, the United Kingdom and Australia announced a new partnership that includes providing assistance to help Australia develop nuclear-powered submarines — a deal France says was made without its knowledge, jeopardizing an existing contract worth billions to provide Australia with diesel-powered submarines.

The rift escalated to the rare point that France temporarily recalled its US ambassador, and even Biden was caught off-guard by how furious French officials became over the matter.

In mid-September, the two leaders spoke over the phone, appearing to ease some of the tensions.

During the 30-minute call, Biden appeared to acknowledge missteps in how his administration had approached the talks. And, importantly, a joint statement about the call noted that “the two leaders have decided to open a process of in-depth consultations, aimed at creating the conditions for ensuring confidence and proposing concrete measures toward common objectives.”

Friday’s bilateral meeting marks an opportunity for those consultations to lead to concrete announcements, Célia Belin, a visiting fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe at The Brookings Institution, told CNN.

“The meeting between the two leaders will be the occasion to make some announcements and to see whether or not … this crisis was the occasion to define … a new common agenda, or if there are sort of long, lingering issues that cannot be addressed,” Belin told CNN.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters on Thursday that the Biden administration feels “very good about the intensive engagement that we’ve had with France over the course of the past few weeks,” noting his own recent visit to Paris, the President’s two calls with Macron since the submarines spat and Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s Paris trip.

34 min agoBiden will meet key figures on Friday ahead of the G20 summit and the COP26 climate conferenceFrom CNN’s Aditi Sangal

President Joe Biden takes a photo with Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella prior to a meeting at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on October 29. (Evan Vucci/AP)President Biden is in Rome and met Pope Francis Friday ahead of the first in-person G20 summit since the pandemic on Saturday, where leaders from the world’s 20 leading economies will convene. It comes ahead of crucial COP26 climate talks in Scotland.

Here’s what is coming up on Biden’s agenda today:

Biden is expected to soon meet Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Italian PM Mario Draghi separately.He is also scheduled for a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, which will be their first in-person meeting since diplomatic tensions arose between US and France after Australia pulled out of its existing multi-billion dollar defense deal with France, and agreed instead to attain nuclear-powered submarines through a new deal with the US and the UK, costing France billions of dollars.At the COP26 conference, Biden is expected to reaffirm US commitment to taking action against climate change.

Meanwhile, protesters have gathered in London and across the world on Friday, demanding that big finance defunds fossil fuel investments.

Pressure groups are demonstrating at over 50 locations across Europe, North America, Africa and Australia ahead of COP26, which begins in Glasgow this weekend.

37 min agoBiden to Pope: “You are the most significant warrior for peace I’ve ever met”From CNN’s Adrienne Vogt and Kevin Liptak

In video released from President Biden’s meeting with Pope Francis, Biden gifted the pontiff with a military coin and cracked some jokes.

The footage from Vatican Television showed Biden handing Pope Francis a special coin with a deep personal significance: it bore the insignia of the 261st Signal Brigade, the Delaware National Guard unit in which his late son Beau served as a captain.

“I know my son would want me to give it to you,” Biden said. In 2015, the Pope privately counseled Biden and members of his family in the months following Beau Biden’s death.

Biden said the coins are given to “warriors and leaders,” and called Francis “the most significant warrior for peace I’ve ever met.”

After, Biden joked the Pope would have to buy him a drink if he doesn’t have the coin the next time they meet.

“On the back of it, I have the state of Delaware, the 261st Unit my son served with

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