Abe Pledges To Seek Common Ground At G20 Summit

Abe pledges to seek common ground at G20 summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed his determination to seek common ground among the countries taking part in the G20 summit.

Abe spoke to reporters in Tokyo on Thursday before leaving for Osaka, where the summit will be held on Friday and Saturday.

Abe said people tend to focus on differences in the international community, but Japan as the host country will focus on what countries have in common and what they can agree on.

He added that he hopes the G20 can issue a strong message on promoting free trade, leading global economic growth through innovation, rules for the digital economy, contributions to environmental issues, and women's empowerment.

Abe said he will meet US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to confirm their cooperation for a successful summit.

He also said he will hold candid talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the summit to move forward negotiations for a peace treaty as much as possible.