Japan-Italy Relations

Japan-Italy Summit Meeting

June 8, 2018

On June 8, commencing at 11:35 a.m. local time (June 9 at 12:35 a.m. Japan time) for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who was visiting Charlevoix, Canada, to attend the G7 Summit, held a Japan-Italy Summit Meeting with H.E. Prof. Giuseppe CONTE, President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1. Opening Remarks

Prime Minister Abe congratulated Prime Minister Conte on his appointment and welcomed his first attendance at the G7 Summit. In addition, he stated that Japan attached importance to the relations with Italy, who share fundamental values, and that it was his pleasure to work together with Prime Minister Conte from then on.
Prime Minister Conte stated that he was pleased to meet with Prime Minister Abe, and that he also felt that Japan and Italy shared fundamental values. He expressed his intention to further strengthen relations between Japan and Italy, including in the economic field.

2. North Korea

The two leaders shared the view that they would continue to work together closely to realize North Korea’s complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement (CVID) of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges. Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe requested understanding and cooperation in promptly resolving the abductions issue, and obtained Prime Minister Conte’s support. In particular, regarding the abductions issue, Prime Minister Conte stated that the abduction cases were regrettable incidents and he fully understood the feelings of the Japanese people.

3. Other matters

The two leaders exchanged views on responses to other regional affairs and global issues, and they confirmed to work together. Furthermore, the two leaders confirmed their intention to promptly realize mutual visits, and to coordinate toward the realization of the visits.