Interior and justice ministers from the Group of Eight countries have agreed on the need for a common strategy to deal with piracy.
After a two-day meeting in Rome ended Saturday, the ministers said their countries will work together to deal with Somali pirates who operate in shipping lanes off the Horn of Africa. They also discussed jurisdiction problems that sometimes result in the release of captured pirates.
They cited the need to strengthen their ability to investigate and prosecute piracy, in addition to recovering assets illegally obtained by pirates.
Also at their meeting, the ministers agreed on the need to take action against Internet crime, such as identity theft and child pornography.
The members of the G8 group are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Britain and the United States.
Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.