WASHINGTON, April 18 Next week's meeting between
U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe is a good opportunity to give impetus to trade negotiations
but will not seal a deal, a senior U.S. administration official
said on Friday.
Japanese and U.S. trade officials will meet again on Monday
in the lead-up to the leaders' talks to discuss sticking points
in bilateral trade which are holding up agreement on the wider
Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative.
The senior official said so far talks had succeeded in
defining a set of outstanding issues, but these were very
important and considerable differences remained between the two
(Reporting by Krista Hughes; Editing by Eric Walsh)