July 9, 2018 / 9:33 AM / 9 months ago

EU-Japan trade summit postponed after deadly floods - EU's Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk delivers a speech during a debate on the outcome of the last June 28-29 EU summit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, July 3, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Brussels summit between leaders of the European Union and Japan scheduled for Wednesday to rubber-stamp a trade deal will be postponed after deadly floods in the country’s west.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled commitments overseas to deal with Japan’s worst flood disaster since 1983. It has killed more than 100 people and forced several million from their homes.

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, said on Twitter that the summit might instead be held in Japan next week.

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by John Stonestreet

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