Japan, Italy Agree To Strengthen Security Ties Apr 2016

Japan, Italy agree to strengthen security tiesJapan and Italy agreed Sunday to strengthen security and defense ties, eyeing early enforcement of a bilateral pact signed last month enabling the two countries to exchange intelligence, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni, who met ahead of the Group of Seven foreign ministers' meeting starting Sunday in Hiroshima, also agreed to cooperate to make the two-day talks a success, it said.

Italy will assume the presidency of the G-7, which groups Britain, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Japan and the United States, next year.