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Motegi, USTR Lighthizer to hold talks before Abe-Trump summit

  • May 21, 2019
  • , TV Tokyo , Kyodo News
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In a dispatch filed early Tuesday morning, Kyodo News cited unnamed Japanese government sources as saying that Economic Revitalization Minister Motegi and USTR Lighthizer will hold a ministerial meeting to discuss tariffs on agricultural and industrial products before President Trump’s summit with Prime Minister Abe on May 27. These sources also said that bilateral working-level talks will take place in Washington before the ministerial. Kyodo further reported that the sources stated that a trade deal is unlikely during the presidential visit because there remain points of disagreement between the two sides and so no joint statement will be issued after the summit. Meanwhile, TV Tokyo reported this morning that it has learned that Lighthizer is due to arrive in Tokyo on May 24.

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