The Latest on Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Vatican City and Rome (all times local):
Vice President Joe Biden has received a grand welcome at the Palazzo Chigi — that’s the Rome residence of Italy’s prime minister.
An honor guard and military band awaited Biden in black uniforms and red and white hats. Biden and Premier Matteo Renzi stood together as the band played the American and Italian anthems.
The leaders then strolled along a red carpet into the palace for a private meeting.
The White House hasn’t said what’s on the agenda. But Italy, the U.S. and other countries are struggling to deal with the instability in Libya that has fueled the growth of the Islamic State group in the North African nation.
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