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Abe leaves for US

17 April 2018
Abe leaves for US

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday departed for the United States to hold a two-day summit with the US President Donald Trump, Xinhua reported. His national security team will take part in talks on North Korea.

During Abe's sixth face-to-face meeting with Trump to be held at the American leader's Florida resort, Abe said he's hoping to reinforce the Japan-US alliance. He also wants to start negotiating a free trade agreement between the USA and Japan.

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow will be joining the 2 leaders' discussions on trade.

He'll also be keen to address concerns that Washington is trying to force Japan into bilateral free trade talks after failing to exempt the country from recent steel and aluminium tariffs.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Abe and Trump will play golf as they did on the sidelines of the previous summits in Florida and Japan a year ago to "further bolster the two leaders' relationship of trust".