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Conte, Macron to hold talks on high-speed train link


Rome, March 22 (IANS/AKI) Italy's said he and France's will on Friday discuss a planned 8.6 billion euro high-speed train link between and

"Tomorrow I have a bilateral meeting with - that is news," Conte told reporters on the sidelines of a summit in

Conte earlier this month helped draft a legal document to allow tenders for the delayed project to be launched by a March 11 deadline to avoid the loss of 300 million euros of funding.

The legal letter sent to TELT, the Franco-Italian company in charge of the Tav, was described as a piece of "legal acrobacy" as it gives and another six months to reassess the project while keeping its funding on track until any final decision is taken.

Matteo Salvini, who leads the far-right League party, is a strong supporter of the Tav, while Luigi Di Maio, of the grassroots - the League's coalition partner - opposes it.

The project has been stalled for months due to 5-Star's opposition to it.

and the EU - which is paying for 40 percent of the tunnel - could seek damages from if the project is binned.



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First Published: Fri, March 22 2019. 00:28 IST