Abe Leaves for Netherlands, Britain

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 9 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Tokyo on Wednesday morning to visit the Netherlands and Britain, planning to urge his British counterpart, Theresa May, to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

"I will firmly convey Japan's thoughts" about Britain's looming exit from the European Union, Abe told reporters at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda before boarding the government plane.

Abe also said that during the visit, he is eager to have discussions on a wide range of issues including the global economy and trade, and secure support from the two European countries for Japan's hosting of a Group of 20 summit in June.

While Britain is a G-20 member, the Netherlands will be invited as a guest to the G-20 summit to be held in the western city of Osaka.

Abe, together with his wife, Akie, is scheduled to arrive in the Netherlands on Wednesday afternoon local time. He will have a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte later in the day, in which they are expected to agree to enhance bilateral economic cooperation.

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