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(Update) Japan's Abe to Visit Italy in March

(Update) Japan's Abe to Visit Italy in March

   Tokyo, Feb. 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting Italy as part of a European tour next month, government sources said Thursday.
   Abe plans to hold talks with his Italian counterpart, Paolo Gentiloni, in Rome to affirm the importance of free and open economies and their cooperation toward a summit of the Group of Seven major countries in May, the sources said.
   Italy is this year's chair of the G-7, which also includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United States.
   This would be the first meeting between Abe and Gentiloni, who took office in December.
   Abe is expected to underscore the importance of upholding the principle of free trade with the participation of the United States, in the face of increasing concerns in Europe over the foreign and trade policies of the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump, the sources said.

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