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Mitt Romney and President Obama having lunch Thursday

Update: Obama and Romney dined on chili and grilled chicken salad. They discussed America's leadership in the world and promised to stay in touch, according to a White House statement.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will have lunch Thursday at the White House with President Obama in the private dining room, the White House announced. It will be their first meeting since the election; press will not be allowed.

A Romney aide called the lunch a gracious invitation from the president that the former GOP presidential challenger was glad to accept. Romney is also meeting with former running mate Rep. Paul Ryan while in town Thursday.