Broad Accord Reached in Japan-U.S. Trade Talks: Motegi

Politics

Washington, Aug. 23 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese and U.S. governments have reached a broad agreement in their trade talks, Toshimitsu Motegi, Japanese minister in charge of the negotiations, suggested Friday.

"We saw major progress," Motegi told a press conference following a three-day ministerial session with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in the U.S. capital.

Motegi said he and Lighthizer are expected to have no more session, indicating they achieved a breakthrough on key pending issues.

The outcome of the ministerial meeting will be reviewed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump when they hold a bilateral meeting as early as Sunday, on the sidelines of a Group of Seven summit in France from Saturday.

The two governments are expected to announce a schedule to conclude the final agreement possibly next month.

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