Motegi, Lighthizer hold talks in Tokyo ahead of Abe-Trump summit

(VOVWORLD) - The Japanese and US trade chiefs met Saturday in an attempt to advance talks on a bilateral deal ahead of Monday’s summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump, but the two sides still remain at odds, Economic revitalization chief Toshimitsu Motegi said.

In fact, no breakthrough was expected from the latest round of negotiations between Motegi, minister for economic and fiscal policy, and US. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, as the countries remain at odds over tariffs on agricultural and industrial products.

Motegi told reporters after the talks that so far, Japan and the US haven’t gained common ground and the two sides will work to bridge the gap. The trade talks began hours after Trump’s arrival in the Japanese capital for a four-day state visit that will make him the first foreign leader to meet with Emperor Naruhito, who ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1.

Abe and Trump are also slated to play golf and watch sumo together Sunday before holding a summit the next day.