Abe Plannning To Visit Europe, Middle East In July

Abe plannning to visit Europe, Middle East in July

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to visit Belgium, France and Middle Eastern countries next month, depending on the schedule of the ongoing Diet session.

In Belgium, Abe plans to attend a signing ceremony of the Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.

The EPA would account for nearly 30 percent of global GDP.

Abe hopes that the agreement will help promote free trade, along with the Trans-Pacific Partnership, at a time when US President Donald Trump is taking an increasingly protectionist stance.

In France, Abe plans to hold talks with President Emmanuel Macron and attend the opening ceremony of an event on Japanese culture.

His Middle East destinations could include Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The tour is tentatively scheduled to start on July 11th.