Abe and Sarkozy agree to expand bilateral ties

8th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

TOKYO, May 8, 2007 (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy agreed Tuesday to further promote bilateral ties, Japanese officials said.

TOKYO, May 8, 2007 (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy agreed Tuesday to further promote bilateral ties, Japanese officials said.

The agreement was reached in a 10-minute telephone conversation during which the two leaders also expressed their wishes to hold talks on the sidelines of the Group of Eight summit in Germany in June, the officials said.

Abe called Sarkozy after the conservative politician was elected on Sunday to succeed Jacques Chirac.

Abe was quoted as saying that the year 2008 would mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between their countries and he hoped to make it a "golden opportunity to create a new era" in their relations.

Sarkozy, who will be sworn in on May 16, told Abe that he felt close to Japan and that he wanted to visit, the officials said.


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