Abe Off to Argentina for G-20 Summit, Talks with Trump, Putin, Xi

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for Argentina on Thursday to attend a Group of 20 summit and hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of the United States, China and Russia.

"Through my summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, I hope to boost momentum for making progress in negotiations on concluding a bilateral peace treaty under our recent agreement to accelerate the talks based on the 1956 Japan-Soviet joint declaration," Abe told reporters at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda just before his departure for his tour of three South American nations, also including Uruguay and Paraguay.

"With Japan set to serve as G-20 chair next year, I will lead discussions" at the summit among the 20 advanced and emerging economies, he stressed.

After arriving in Buenos Aires late Thursday night local time, Abe will attend the two-day G-20 summit in the Argentine capital from Friday.

The prime minister is expected to emphasize Japan's position of attaching importance to free trade amid escalating trade friction between the United States and China, informed sources said.

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