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FM Motegi hopes to reach broad agreement with UK on EPA before Abe steps down

  • September 1, 2020
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NHK reported that Foreign Minister Motegi expressed hope to reach a broad economic partnership agreement with the UK under the current Abe administration. The network said that although Motegi and his British counterpart Truss had confirmed their commitment to reach a broad agreement by the end of August, no agreement was reached. Motegi was quoted as saying at a press conference today: “Working-level discussions are being held as we speak. However, since this is a negotiation, there could be a delay of a few days or weeks.” He added: “We will hold an LDP presidential election, but the current administration will remain in place until the new administration is launched. I am hoping to reach an overall agreement under the current administration if possible.”

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