Saturday, January 13, 2007

Japanese PM meets French candidates

Before leaving France, the new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with the leading French presidential candidates. His first meeting was a 20 minute discussion with Socialist Segolene Royal at the hotel Royal Monceau. After the meeting Royal told reporters that their discussion was "a vast review, at the same time diplomatic, strategic, economic, environmental and sociétal...He knew my extremely strict and firm positions against nuclear proliferation, in particular in Iran and North Korea." Later in the day Abe met with UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy at the home of the Japanese ambassador.

Shinzo Abe came to Europe in order to solidify his country's relationship with NATO, and he met this past Friday with French President Jacques Chirac. Abe told the Europeans not to lift an arms embargo on China, because "To raise the embargo on the weapons (...) could constitute a threat for safety in Asia."

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