Conte had considered pushing back the visit amid a diplomatic spat that broke out with France after Italy closed its ports to a humanitarian migrant rescue ship earlier this week. Macron and Conte spoke by telephone on Thursday evening, a statement said.
"President Macron underscored that he did not say anything that was meant to offend Italy or the Italian people," a statement from the Italian prime minister’s office said.
"Macron and Conte agreed that with the end-June European Union summit looming, it is necessary that new initiatives are discussed together."--REUTERS