Abe Leaves for France to Attend G-7 Summit


Tokyo, Aug. 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for France on Friday to attend a three-day summit of the Group of Seven major industrial countries starting Saturday.

Abe aims to lead G-7 discussions on the global economy, which has been increasingly shaky amid escalating U.S.-China trade friction, and how to break the impasse in the efforts to denuclearize North Korea, informed sources said.

"I want to produce results on global challenges such as realizing sustainable growth of the world economy, promoting free trade and fighting climate change, as well as on regional issues, including the situations in North Korea and Iran," Abe told reporters at the prime minister's office ahead of his departure from Tokyo International Airport at Haneda.

"I'd like to have frank discussions (with U.S. President Donald Trump) from the perspective of continuing diplomatic efforts over the Middle East situation," Abe said, referring to his bilateral meeting with the U.S. leader on Sunday, to be held on the fringe of the G-7 summit in Biarritz, southwestern France.

"We must proceed with Japan-U.S. trade negotiations to produce a win-win result," he added.

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