- Title: Japan's Abe calls for peaceful solution of South China Sea dispute
- Date: 15th January 2017
- Summary: GUARD OF HONOUR AT WELCOMING CEREMONY JAPAN AND INDONESIA FLAGS WIDODO AND ABE SALUTING THEIR NATIONAL FLAGS GUARD OF HONOUR WIDODO AND ABE INSPECTING GUARD OF HONOUR
- Embargoed: 29th January 2017 13:40
- Location: BOGOR, WEST JAVA PROVINCE, INDONESIA
- City: BOGOR, WEST JAVA PROVINCE, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0035Z6XUTH
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during his visit to Indonesia on Sunday (January 15) that it was important to solve the South China Sea dispute peacefully.
Abe made the comments after meeting Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the presidential palace in Bogor.
Abe is in Indonesia on a two-day visit aimed at strengthening maritime security and economic ties.
Widodo told a joint news conference with Abe that the two countries have agreed to cooperate on a number of infrastructure projects.
Abe said they would also cooperate on the issue of abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea. North Korea had admitted in 2002 to kidnapping 13 Japanese citizens decades ago. Five abductees and their families have later returned to Japan but Tokyo wants to know the fate of the remaining eight, who Pyongyang had said were dead.
Japanese Prime Minister is on a six-day trip to the region visiting the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Indonesia is the third nation on his itinerary. He is scheduled to leave for Vietnam on Monday.
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