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Abe to embark on European tour next week for int’l meeting

  • October 10, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 1:24 p.m.
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TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he will make a five-day European trip next week to attend the Asia-Europe Meeting that brings together leaders from more than 50 countries.


Abe also told a meeting of senior Japanese government and ruling parties officials that he is arranging a trip to China in the latter half of the week beginning Oct. 22.


In Europe, he is scheduled to take part in the ASEM summit in Brussels on Oct. 18-19. He will also visit Spain and France during his tour from Tuesday.


“I will explain Japan’s position on world affairs, including North Korea, and policy to strengthen an economic order based on free and fair rules as Asian and European leaders will gather in the biennial meeting,” Abe said.


The ASEM summit, held alternatively in Asia and Europe, will draw 53 participants, including 30 European countries and 21 Asian nations, as well as the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat.


Abe had originally planned to make a three-day tour to China from Oct. 23, when the two countries celebrate the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of a bilateral peace and friendship treaty.


But Beijing has requested Tokyo to change the plan, citing “inconvenience” in the schedule, according to Japanese government sources.

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