Japan’s Abe to travel to Spain on official visit next week

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech during the joint press announcement of the Japan-Mekong Summit Meeting at the Akasaka Palace State Guest House in Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 9, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/FRANCK ROBICHON / POOL

Tokyo, Oct 10 (efe-epa).- The Japanese prime minister will visit Spain next week as part of a European tour that will also take him to France and Belgium, diplomatic sources told EFE on Wednesday.

Shinzo Abe is due to meet with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Oct. 16, to renew the bilateral partnership agreement which expires this year.

The visit will also coincide with the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

After Madrid, Abe will travel to Paris to meet with French leaders on Oct. 17, before attending the Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM) in Brussels on Oct. 18-19.

The last time the heads of government of Japan and Spain met was in 2013 during the visit of former Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to Tokyo.