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Italian leader says Europe must look inward on terror

  • FILE - Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, left, arrives at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory for a tour in Batavia, Ill., Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Renzi will deliver an address at Harvard University as he continues a four-day U.S. visit. Renzi is scheduled to speak on Thursday after first touring an IBM research facility in Cambridge.  (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

    FILE - Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, left, arrives at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory for a tour in Batavia, Ill., Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Renzi will deliver an address at Harvard University as he continues a four-day U.S. visit. Renzi is scheduled to speak on Thursday after first touring an IBM research facility in Cambridge. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italian Premier Matteo Renzi speaks at Harvard University's Center for European Studies in Cambridge, Mass., as he continues a four-day U.S. visit, Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Italian Premier Matteo Renzi speaks at Harvard University's Center for European Studies in Cambridge, Mass., as he continues a four-day U.S. visit, Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, right, poses for a selfie after speaking at Harvard University's Center for European Studies as he continues a four-day U.S. visit.
 in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, right, poses for a selfie after speaking at Harvard University's Center for European Studies as he continues a four-day U.S. visit. in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)  (The Associated Press)

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi says Europe must look inward to help deal with the threat posed by terrorism.

Renzi spoke at Harvard University on Thursday as he continued a four-day U.S. visit.

The former Florence mayor who was elected premier in 2014 said many of the terrorists including those who attacked Paris and Brussels grew up in European cities.

While agreeing with the need for a military response and enhanced security within Europe, Renzi said governments must also invest in education, economic growth and the "humanistic model of cities in Europe."

Renzi made clear he supports Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but added he would respect any outcome of the U.S. election.

He is scheduled to join other world leaders at a global nuclear summit in Washington on Friday.