Rotterdam, Netherlands, Jan. 9 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Dutch counterpart, Mark Rutte, agreed Wednesday to cooperate in making a success of this year’s Group of 20 summit in Osaka, western Japan.
The two leaders, meeting in Rotterdam, a port city in the Netherlands, agreed to work together closely to promote free trade.
At a joint press conference with Rutte after their talks, Abe said, “Japan, as this year’s G-20 chair, will fulfill its responsibility to maintain and strengthen the free and fair international economic order.”
Rutte said the Netherlands will do what it can to ensure a success of the G-20 summit under the chairmanship of Japan.
Abe and Rutte agreed to address global issues, including climate change and ocean plastic waste, to make the G-20 summit successful.
This year’s summit of leaders from the G-20 major economies is scheduled to take place in June.
The Japanese and Dutch leaders confirmed the need to avoid Britain’s exit from the European Union without a deal.
They also agreed to work together to achieve complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.
Rutte supported Tokyo’s efforts to resolve North Korea’s abductions of Japanese citizens at an early date.