Abe, Trump Hold "Constructive Discussions" on Trade

Politics

New York, Sept. 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday he held "constructive discussions" on trade issues with U.S. President Donald Trump when they had dinner in New York the same day before bilateral ministerial trade talks slated for Monday.

The two leaders also agreed to maintain close cooperation to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea, Abe said.

After the one-on-one dinner was held at Trump Tower in Manhattan, Abe told reporters that he and Trump had a frank exchange of opinions not only on Japan-U.S. trade but also many other issues related to the United States.

Abe aimed to reaffirm his relationship of trust with Trump in an informal setting, with the president expected to make difficult demands for Japan over trade issues at a bilateral summit meeting scheduled for Wednesday, officials said.

Soon before the dinner, Trump suggested that he plans to seek efforts by Japan to reduce its trade surplus with the United States. "We have done much to help Japan, would like to see more of a reciprocal relationship," he said on Twitter. "It will all work out!"

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