Abe Meets Visiting Foreign Dignitaries

Abe meets visiting foreign dignitaries

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has held meetings with foreign guests visiting Japan for Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony on Tuesday.

Representatives of about 180 countries, territories and international organizations will be attending the ceremony.

On Monday, Abe held separate meetings with representatives of about 20 countries and territories for about 10 to 30 minutes each.

In a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Abe urged him to resume talks with Israel and the US on the Middle East Peace process, and vowed Japan's cooperation.

Abe also held talks with Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Abe called for steps to be taken for an early return of minority Rohingya Muslims who fled to neighboring Bangladesh.

Other foreign dignitaries Abe met on Monday include Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Abe will be holding separate meetings with VIPs from about 60 countries, territories and international organizations from Monday through Friday.

Among them are South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.