Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is continuing his economic growth strategy and this time he has Europe in his sights. He is now planning to visit Ireland and meet with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny as he seeks to accelerate plans to finalize free trade agreements with the European Union. Abe will be the first Japanese premier to visit Ireland, which currently holds the presidency of the 27-member EU.
Abe is expected to go to Ireland as part of his visit to Britain where he will be attending the Group of Eight (G8) summit on June 17 and 18. He will be joining leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, United Kingdom, USA and the European Union for the annual summit of the world’s eight wealthiest countries. The main agenda for Abe’s side trip to Ireland is to enhance the partnership between Japan and the EU and to discuss the negotiations that began in April of this year to create a free trade area that will account for more than a third of the world’s economic output.
The Japanese prime minister will also be heading to Poland on June 16, this time to talk to leaders from the Visegrad Group of Eastern European nations, an alliance between the four Central European states – Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The past few months have seen him visit Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates as Japan continues to increase exports and expand in emerging economies.
[ via Global Post ]
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