The White House said Wednesday that former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will have lunch with President Obama, their first meeting since the president’s hard-fought re-election.

“On Thursday, Governor Romney will have a private lunch at the White House with President Obama in the Private Dining Room,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney wrote in a statement.

“It will be the first opportunity they have had to visit since the election,” Carney said. “There will be no press coverage of the meeting.”

President Obama said at a press conference on Nov. 15 that he hoped to meet with his political foe. “I’m sure that Governor Romney is spending some time with his family,” he said, just a week after the election. “And my hope is, before the end of the year, though, that we have a chance to — to sit down and talk.”

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