BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Thursday discussed the future of Europe after Britain leaves the European Union next year in talks with top Romanian leaders.

Gentiloni met Romanian counterpart Viorica Dancila and then headed for talks with President Klaus Iohannis.

Gentiloni said Europe was "experiencing a moment of uncertainties and difficulties," in trying to balance the interest of individual countries within the context of the EU.

"I don't think we can accept the idea that national interests will in the long-term contradict the ... European project," he said.

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He later told reporters he and Iohannis also discussed the wave of migration into Europe.

Earlier, Dancila said they talked about Romanian and Italian communities living in each other's countries and she discussed Romania's role when it takes over the presidency of the EU on Jan. 1, 2019.

Italy is one of Romania's top trading partners with about 14 billion euros ($17.36 billion) of bilateral trade in 2016, the last available year for statistics.

There are an estimated 1.1 million Romanians working in Italy, and the two countries share a Latin-based language.