Abe, Macron Affirm Importance of Stable 3-Way Auto Alliance

Politics

Buenos Aires, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Friday on the importance of maintaining the stable alliance among Renault SA of France and two Japanese automakers--Nissan Motor Co. <7201> and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. <7211>.

The two leaders came to the agreement at a meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that lasted about 15 minutes.

Abe told Macron that he believes the private-sector parties concerned should decide the course of their alliance by themselves.

The brief session was held on the sidelines of a two-day summit of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies that started on Friday, at the request of France after alliance boss Carlos Ghosn was arrested in Japan on Nov. 19 for allegedly underreporting his executive pay from Nissan.

While some French media organizations reported that the arrest of Ghosn has developed into a diplomatic problem between Japan and France, the two leaders plan to calmly respond to the situation so that bilateral relations will not be negatively affected.

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