Kishida, Yoon Unlikely to Hold Talks in Spain

Politics

Seoul, June 26 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol are unlikely to hold bilateral talks on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, a South Korean presidential official said Sunday.

Both Kishida and Yoon are scheduled to attend the NATO summit set for Wednesday and Thursday.

The South Korea side apparently does not want such talks to affect next month's election for Japan's House of Councillors at a time when relations between the two countries have been strained due to history issues.

South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin is also expected to postpone his trip to Japan until after the Japanese election. Momentum toward resolving pending issues between the two countries is expected to grow after the Japanese election, the South Korean presidential official said.

A proposed summit of Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand is unlikely to take place in Madrid.

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