Abe to Meet Rouhani, Trump in N.Y.


Tokyo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his trip to New York from Monday, part of a two-nation travel that will also take him to Belgium.

Abe hopes to discuss with Rouhani ways to alleviate tensions in the Middle East at their meeting on Tuesday. Abe and Trump are expected to sign a new Japan-U.S. trade agreement when they meet on Wednesday.

The New York trip by the prime minister will coincide with the U.N. General Assembly session. His trip schedule was announced by the Japanese government on Friday.

Abe will depart from Tokyo International Airport at Haneda on a government plane on Monday afternoon. After arriving in New York, he will give a speech on Monday at a meeting about "universal health coverage," an initiative to raise the standard of medical services around the world. He will also hold talks with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Jordanian King Abdullah II on that day.

On Tuesday, Abe will give speeches at the U.N. General Assembly and a meeting on the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Abe is expected to tout Japan's initiatives to empower women. The prime minister will also meet with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to exchange opinions on reforming the United Nations.

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