Japan-Italy Relations

October 7, 2020

On October 7, commencing at around 6:00 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Giuseppe Conte, President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic. The overview of the talk is as follows.

1. At the outset, Prime Minister Suga stated that he hoped to build a good relationship with Prime Minister Conte and further strengthen Japan-Italy relations. In response, Prime Minister Conte offered his congratulations on Prime Minister Suga’s appointment to office. He also expressed his hope to work together on further developing the relationship between Japan and Italy in a wide range of areas.

2. The two leaders shared the view to closely cooperate in dealing with the challenges facing the international community, such as measures against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the G7 and the G20, the latter of which Italy will chair in the coming year. Prime Minister Conte expressed his support for a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” and stated Italy's intention to strengthen its engagement. Prime Minister Suga valued the Prime Minister Conte’s commitment and also mentioned the cooperation in responding to North Korea, including the abductions issue. The two leaders shared the view that they would work together to realize a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.”

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