August 31, 2017 / 5:38 AM / a year 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 is welcomed by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe upon her arrival for a tea ceremony at Omotesenke Fushin'an in Kyoto, western Japan August 30, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-hoon

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 defence, 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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