Abe to Start Summit Diplomacy on Occasion of G-20 Leaders' Meeting

Politics

Tokyo, June 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to start summit diplomacy on the occasion of a meeting of leaders from the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies, scheduled to take place in the western Japan city of Osaka for two days from Friday.

By producing good results at the G-20 meeting and a series of bilateral summits he holds, Abe, also president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, aims to demonstrate his diplomatic leadership in order to help the party score a victory in the election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament, this summer, analysts said.

The G-20 summit will be chaired by Abe. This will be the first time for Japan to host the summit among the 20 economies, which include the Group of Seven major industrial nations--Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States--and China, South Korea, India and the European Union.

The Osaka summit will also be joined by eight countries and nine international bodies that will be invited as guests.

Kicking off the summit diplomacy, Abe is slated to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Tokyo on Wednesday. They are expected to confirm cooperation for the success of the G-20 summit and a G-7 summit in August, to be chaired by Macron.

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