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Italy's premier in good condition after surgery

Last Updated Jan 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm EDT

French President Francois Hollande, right, welcomes Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni before their talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, Jan.10, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

ROME – Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni was in good condition Wednesday after he was hospitalized with a heart problem upon his return from a bilateral meeting in Paris.

The 62-year-old underwent surgery Tuesday evening to insert a stent into a heart vessel to treat a blockage, Rome’s Gemelli hospital said in a bulletin. It said the procedure was a success.

Gentiloni, formerly Italy’s foreign minister, took over as premier last month after the previous government resigned.

He had met with French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Tuesday on the first round of official visits customarily undertaken by an Italian head of government after taking office. He decided to get checked by the Gemelli after feeling unwell after landing in Rome, the news agency ANSA said.

Gentiloni will remain hospitalized under observation for a yet-undetermined period. His meeting Thursday with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London was postponed, Chigi Palace said.