August 23, 2019
Washington--U.S. President Donald Trump will hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of a three-day Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, southwestern France, from Saturday, the White House said Thursday.
The two leaders are widely expected to discuss a proposed Japan-U.S. trade agreement.
A senior U.S. government official expressed hope for a swift conclusion of negotiations for the trade deal as talks have apparently entered the final stage, saying, "We've had a strong interest in a trade deal with Japan for quite some time."
"(Japan is) a partner and ally that (U.S. Trade Representative Robert) Lighthizer is prioritizing," the official said. But the official avoided commenting on whether Abe and Trump will be able to show a clear roadmap for reaching an agreement when they meet in France.
Lighthizer is the chief U.S. negotiator in the trade talks with Japan, currently holding a meeting with Japanese Economic Revitalization Minister Toshimitsu Motegi in Washington.
The G-7 summit will bring together the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. Jiji Press
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