Arrangements are underway for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit Brussels, which is home to the European Union (EU) headquarters, in late September to attend an international conference on strengthening economic partnership between the EU and Asia, the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) and government officials revealed on Sept. 4. The EPSC is an EU Commission think tank and sponsor of the conference.
Led by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the international conference will open on Sept. 27 and focus on strengthening “connectivity” with Asia in the fields of economy, finance, and geopolitics while drawing on their shared values. Some 500 people will attend, including representatives from European nations’ governments, parliaments, and business communities, and discuss upholding the rules-based international order, embracing sustainability, and investing in high-quality infrastructure.
Prime Minister Abe will reportedly take the podium as the main speaker at the opening session to be held on the morning of Sept. 27.
Abe will leave Japan on Sept. 23 and travel to New York, where he will deliver remarks at the UN General Assembly’s general debate.
Arrangements are also underway for the Prime Minister to meet separately with U.S. President Donald Trump, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and others while in the United States. Abe is expected to arrive in the Belgian capital on Sept. 26.