August 31, 2017 / 5:42 AM / 10 months ago

PM Abe: Japan received commitment that Brexit talks will be transparent

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday he had received assurances that Britain’s negotiations on leaving the European Union (EU) would be transparent.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (front L) and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (front R) wait for their Shinkansen bullet train bound for Tokyo at Kyoto station in Kyoto, Japan, August 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yoshiko Sato/Pool

Speaking at a business forum before remarks by British Prime Minister Theresa May, who is on a three-day visit to Japan, Abe also said he had trust in the British economy after its departure from the EU and noted that Britain was a very important base for Japanese manufacturing.

Abe and May are expected to pledge closer cooperation on defense, cyber security and counter-terrorism as the British leader looks to strengthen relations with one of her closest allies ahead of Brexit.

Reporting by William James; Writing by Linda Sieg

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