Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron have affirmed that they will work closely together on major topics of the Group of 20 economies such as free trade and climate change. They also say they will cooperate in promoting security.
Abe and Macron met for about 90 minutes in Tokyo on Wednesday, two days before the G20 summit begins in Osaka. Macron is making his first visit to Japan since taking office. This is their seventh meeting.
At the outset of the meeting, Abe referred to the G20 summit and stressed the importance for the international community to unite and issue strong messages. He said he wants to take the lead in discussions at the summit by closely working with President Macron, who will chair the G7 summit meeting in August.
Macron said it is important to have consistency between the G20 and the G7. He also said he would like to express respect to Prime Minister Abe's commitment regarding tensions on trade and security, and added Japan has an important role to play as the chair-country of the G20.
Abe and Macron are also believed to have exchanged views on the auto alliance between Japan's Nissan and France's Renault. The French government is the largest shareholder of Renault.