Abe, Trump Agree to Start Japan-U.S. Trade Talks


Palm Beach, Florida, April 18 (Jiji Press)--Visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday agreed to start bilateral trade talks under the existing framework of economic dialogue.

"We'll start discussions for free, fair and reciprocal trade," Abe told a joint news conference with Trump to announce the outcome of their two-day summit at the president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, from Tuesday.

Abe expressed confidence that the Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade deal, from which the United States withdrew last year, remains the best option for Tokyo and Washington.

Meanwhile, Trump said, "I don't want to go back into TPP."

"If they offer us a deal that I can't refuse on behalf of the United States, I would do it. But I like bilateral better," he continued.

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