Japan, Italy Agree on Need for High-Quality Infrastructure


Rome, April 24 (Jiji Press)--Visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Italian counterpart, Giuseppe Conte, on Wednesday agreed on the need for high-quality infrastructure construction projects.

The two leaders apparently had in mind China's Belt and Road initiative to establish a vast network of infrastructure connecting China to other parts of the world via Asia.

Italy is the first among the Group of Seven major nations that has signed a memorandum of understanding to join the Chinese initiative.

During his meeting with Conte, Abe also called for support for his free and open Indo-Pacific vision. The Italian prime minister backed the vision.

Conte said he will attend an international conference on the Belt and Road initiative in Beijing from Thursday.

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