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Japan 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 Foreign Ministry said.

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

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