Italy's defence minister hospitalised with suspected pericarditis

Britain's Defense Minister Grant Shapps and Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto meet with Japanese Defense Minister Kihara, in Tokyo

ROME (Reuters) -Italian Defence Minister Guido Crosetto was hospitalised with suspected pericarditis in Rome overnight, his ministry said on Tuesday.

Crosetto, 60, was "in very good shape and could be discharged later in the day, but health checks are still ongoing", a ministry source added.

He suffered severe chest pains and walked on his own to the emergency room of the San Carlo di Nancy hospital in Rome, the ministry said.

He was monitored and underwent a heart coronography, the statement added.

In a post on X, Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani wished Crosetto a speedy recovery. "We look forward to seeing you soon," he wrote on the platform formerly known as Twitter.

Pericarditis is inflammation of the lining around the heart that causes chest pain, but is not usually serious.

(Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni, writing by Gianluca Semeraro; editing by Cristina Carlevaro and Alex Richardson)