TOKYO: Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will visit Britain this week for what he said might be tough talks with British Trade Minister Liz Truss, within the hope of discovering center floor and concluding a post-Brexit trade deal.
“It is indispensable to swiftly form a framework for trade and investment between Japan and Britain that will replace the Japan-EU EPA to ensure the smooth continuation of bilateral businesses,” Motegi advised reporters on Tuesday, referring to an financial partnership settlement with the EU.
The two nations hope to clinch a deal earlier than Britain’s transition out of the European Union concludes on the year finish, to keep away from any gaps in bilateral trade preparations.
Motegi’s Aug. 5-7 visit to Britain would be the first abroad journey for any Japanese authorities minister for the reason that international sp of the novel coronavirus, he said.
“Difficult negotiations such as this, where national interest is at stake, cannot be conducted over the telephone,” he advised a daily news convention.
“We will negotiate face-to-face. I’m afraid negotiations will last many hours, but I would like to find middle ground and reach an agreement.”
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