October 18, 2018
President Moon Jae-in, in Italy on the second leg of his European tour, and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte held a summit in Rome on Oct. 17. In the summit, the two leaders agreed to upgrade their countries' relationship to a strategic partnership.
In addition, they released a joint press statement that outlines measures that will strengthen economic, cultural and interpersonal ties, and that will increase cooperation on regional and international issues.
In the realm of diplomacy, the two leaders agreed to upgrade the policy meetings between their foreign ministries, renaming them as "strategic talks." These vice-ministerial strategic talks will commence in 2019.