Japan, France vow to enhance political, economic ties

Beijing, June 7 (Xinhua-ANI): Visiting French President Francois Hollande and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed here Friday to enhance bilateral political and economic relations.

In a joint statement released after their summit, the two leaders agreed to promote bilateral political ties and form a "two plus two" dialogue between foreign and defense ministers from the two countries.

Japan and France will also deepen their cooperation in counter- terrorism and nuclear non-proliferation, the statement said.

The two leaders agreed to accelerate ongoing talks for a Japan- EU free trade agreement as such an agreement will better serve the interests of both sides.

The two countries said they should promote exports of nuclear power facilities to emerging economies as exporting such technologies is one of the ways to drive Japan's stagnant economy under Abe's economic policies.

Abe and Hollande also agreed to further cooperate in the areas such as tackling climate change and continuously assisting African countries.

The two countries said that they will boost bilateral people-to- people exchanges and issued a five-year roadmap to guide the implementations of the statement.

Hollande is on a three-day state visit to Japan that started Thursday. It is his first visit to the country since he was elected president last May. (Xinhua-ANI)


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