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Italy PM Conte says tensions with France can be resolved immediately

FILE PHOTO: Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte awaits to welcome participants as they arrive to attend the first day of the international conference on Libya in Palermo, Italy, November 12, 2018. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday that Italy and France have a deep historical bond and that any tensions can be cleared up quickly, after Paris recalled its ambassador from Rome earlier in the day.

“I’d like to say that Italy and France’s relationship is rooted in history and cannot be called into question by events,” Conte said in Beirut during an official visit. His comments were streamed on Facebook.

“I trust that the situation can be cleared up immediately,” Conte said.

Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte, writing by Steve Scherer