Abe, Trump to Confirm Acceleration of Trade Negotiations


Tokyo, May 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump at their meeting in Tokyo next week are expected to affirm that the two countries will speed up their trade talks in an effort to reach an agreement at an early date.

The bilateral summit will start on Monday morning and last about two hours, according to the schedule of events during Trump's four-day visit to Japan from Saturday, announced by the Japanese government on Thursday.

The meeting, which will take place over lunch, will be followed by a joint press conference by the two leaders on Monday afternoon.

At the talks, Abe and Trump are expected to coordinate their countries' policies on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, taking into consideration North Korea's firing of short-range ballistic missiles earlier this month and other developments related to the country.

They will also likely reconfirm cooperation for resolving the issue of Japanese nationals abducted to North Korea decades ago and discuss matters linked to a free and open Indo-Pacific region, a vision shared by Japan and the United States.

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