Abe Eyes Trump Summit in January (News)


Washington, Dec. 15 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō is likely to visit the United States in late January to hold his first meeting with Donald Trump after the US president-elect takes the oath of office, Taniguchi Tomohiko, special adviser to Abe's cabinet, said Thursday.

Abe already had talks with the incoming US president on November 17, in the wake of Trump's victory in the November 8 presidential election.

"I think later in January next year another visit . . . is being planned between both countries after [Trump's] inauguration," Taniguchi said at a seminar held in Washington by a think tank.

Abe will probably be in Washington to officially meet with the new president of the United States, the Cabinet Secretariat official also told the seminar from Japan over the Internet phone.

Taniguchi became the first Japanese government official to confirm Abe's plan to visit the United States for a summit after Trump takes office on January 20.

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