Abe, Trump to Meet in Washington on April 26


Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to hold talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on April 26 as part of his tour of North America and Europe set to start on Monday, informed sources said.

The tour will also bring Abe to France, Italy, Slovakia, Belgium and Canada before he returns to Japan on April 29. The trip is designed to lay the groundwork for the Group of 20 summit set to be held in Osaka, western Japan, in June.

Abe and Trump will meet for the first time since September last year. They are expected to discuss North Korea's denuclearization. Abe plans to express gratitude to Trump for raising the issue of Pyongyang's abduction of Japanese citizens during his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in February.

The Japanese and U.S. leaders are also likely to discuss trade after the two countries launched bilateral trade talks this week.

On Tuesday, Abe is set to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, who chairs this year's Group of Seven summit set for August.

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