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Japan's PM Shinzo Abe welcomed at Cotroceni Palace by President Klaus Iohannis


President Klaus Iohannis welcomed on Tuesday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, within an official visit that the high Japanese official is paying to Bucharest.

This first visit to Romania of a Japanese Prime Minister takes place in the context of celebrating five years since agreeing on, in 2013, the Renewed Partnership between Romania and Japan.

The official visit was occasion discussions in an exclusive format, talks in the delegations' plenary, press statements and an official dinner which President Iohannis offered in honor of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The discussion agenda included, according to the Presidential Administration, "the stage and outlooks on strengthening the very good relations of the Renewed Partnership between Romania and Japan, in terms of politics, economy, culture, security and interhuman relationships."

Moreover, several topics were tackled such as Japan's cooperation with the EU, including in the context of the Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and the Union, developments on a regional level, with an emphasis on the North-Korean file, the Romanian-Japanese cooperation on a multilateral level, respectively.

According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe carries out a diplomatic tour in Central and Eastern Europe, which includes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania, in the context in which Japan tries to obtain support for its firm politics towards North-Korea.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is scheduled to meet leaders of the six visited countries, is accompanied by representatives of over 30 Japanese companies.