Brussels, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Italian counterpart, Giuseppe Conte, on Friday confirmed their cooperation to address North Korean issues and promote free trade.
At a meeting in the European Union’s headquarters, Abe expressed a wish to strengthen the two countries’ cooperation in the two fields.
Conte replied that he wants to develop the bilateral relations further.
The two leaders agreed to deepen collaboration in the area of security by putting into effect a bilateral agreement on the transfer of defense equipment and technology early.
Abe and Conte shared the view that the free and open Indo-Pacific strategy initiated by Japan will affect the Mediterranean and therefore help strengthen the connection between Asia and Europe.
Abe also held talks with Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong. They discussed the situations in the South China Sea and North Korea and confirmed cooperation toward a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in November.
The two Asian leaders also agreed to work closely to effectuate the 11-member Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and conclude the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership deal among Asian and Oceanian countries early.
Also on Friday, Abe met with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz