Abe, Macron Vow Cooperation for Free, Open Indo-Pacific

Politics

Tokyo, June 26 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Wednesday to strengthen cooperation in maritime security, the environment and infrastructure development to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

In their meeting in Tokyo, Abe and Macron also agreed to cooperate for a success of the two-day summit of the Group of 20 leading economies in Osaka, western Japan, starting Friday. The Japanese leader is set to chair the G-20 summit.

"I will work tenaciously to find common grounds at the G-20 summit, instead of differences in opinion," Abe said at a joint press conference after his talks with Macron. "Japan and France will work together to send a strong message," Abe said.

Macron said he wants to see tensions between the United States and China ease.

This is Macron's first visit to Japan since taking office. He will chair the summit of the Group of Seven major countries in France in August.

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