Abe Leaves on Visits to Europe, U.S., Canada

Politics

Tokyo, April 22 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Tokyo International Airport at Haneda on Monday to visit six nations, including the United States, aboard a government airplane.

During his visits, Abe will meet with national leaders and others to request and confirm their cooperation for the Group of 20 summit in June, which he will chair in the western Japan city of Osaka.

"I'd like to take time to discuss main topics, such as the world economy and promoting free and fair trade, with the nations' leaders and affirm cooperation for the success (of the G-20 summit)," Abe told reporters at the airport before his departure.

On his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, Abe said that he hopes to confirm progress in bilateral trade talks so that the talks will be beneficial for both sides and will help spread free and fair trade through the Asia-Pacific region.

Abe said that he plans to exchange views with Trump to coordinate policies to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

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