Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has arrived in Rome to discuss bilateral economic cooperation with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and meet with Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican.
Medvedev will visit the Italian capital for the sixth round of broad intergovernmental consultations at the highest level, presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko said earlier on Wednesday, adding the Russian delegation will include a team of ministers and other top officials.
Economic cooperation will become the main focus of the bilateral talks, Prikhodko said.
After the consultations in Rome, Medvedev will pay a short visit to the Vatican in order to meet with Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. The agenda of the talks is expected to focus on humanitarian cooperation. Medvedev will meet with the Pope for the first time.
ROME, December 2 (RIA Novosti)