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Italian government to discuss security of key networks, Huawei in 5G: sources

The Huawei logo is seen at Huawei Connect in Shanghai, China September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

ROME (Reuters) – The Italian government will meet on Thursday to discuss the best ways to strengthen the security of strategic networks, two sources said, as the United States increases pressure on Rome to exclude China’s Huawei from its 5G infrastructure.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has summoned coalition figures, including economy and industry ministers, for a meeting on the matter, the government sources said. The meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. GMT)

Ministers will discuss whether to block telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies from playing a key role in building the country’s 5G network, one of the sources said.

The other source said the meeting would be “a broad discussion on how to increase the protection of all strategic networks” and would not focus specifically on Huawei.

The Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment on the meeting.

The United States has pressured Italy and other European allies to avoid using Huawei equipment in their next-generation networks, saying the company could pose a security risk. Huawei denies these accusations.

Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte and Gavin Jones, editing by Crispian Balmer