Motegi, Lighthizer Finalize Trade Talks before Pact Signing

Politics

New York, Sept. 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Monday completed talks toward the signing of a new trade treaty between their countries.

The two met in New York for roughly an hour to discuss the contents of a joint statement to be made when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump sign the trade agreement, possibly on Wednesday.

"All negotiations ended today," Motegi told reporters after his meeting with Lighthizer. "We can hold a good ceremony on Wednesday."

During the discussion, the Japanese side is believed to have requested a confirmation in the joint statement that the United States will not impose additional tariffs on Japanese automobiles.

Motegi said the statement "would not say something worrying" about the auto tariffs, suggesting that the U.S. side showed some understanding to the Japanese request.

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