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PM Lee meets with PM Abe in Tokyo

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PM Lee meets with PM Abe in Tokyo

 

Prime Minister Lee Nak-Yon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to commence with diplomatic efforts in earnest for an early resolution to their frayed ties in their meeting on Thursday.

 

Prime Minister Lee also handed over President Moon Jae-In's personal letter, in which he expressed hopes to address pending issues with no further delay.

 

Lee told Abe that his government will continue to comply with a 1965 bilateral treaty on state-level reparations on Japan's 1910-45 colonization of Korea and normalizing diplomatic ties between Seoul and Tokyo.

 

In response, Abe was quoted as reiterating Tokyo's position that a state-to-state promise should be kept.

 

The talks between the two are expected to serve as a turning point in efforts to mend conflicts, as the two sides agreed to hold official diplomatic consultations at an early date.

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