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President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew York Magazine cover depicts Trump as a pig GOP lawmaker: Republicans "would be well advised to get ready" for Dem wave in midterms Tech giants brace for sweeping European Union privacy law MORE will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago next month, the White House announced on Monday.

Abe said he will travel to the USA from April 17 to 20 and hold two days of talks with Trump at the president's Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida to discuss North Korea and bilateral issues.

The Trump-Abe meeting is taking place ahead of the probable talks between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in May.

The meeting between the two leaders was set just one month after Trump said he would meet with North Korea's Kim in a first-of-its-kind summit to discuss denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

The US state department Monday said that Alice Wells, the US diplomat for South Asia, and Susan Thornton, the state department official in-charge of the East Asia and Pacific affairs, will lead the delegation traveling to India.

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North Korea diplomacy and Japan-U.S. bilateral trade will be at the forefront of discussions.

Abe said he will bring up the issue of North Korea abducting people from Japanese coastal areas between 1977 and 1983.

India, US, and Japan will also discuss regional and global issues with the government, as well as, the representatives of other sectors and formulate ways to strengthen ties amid growing China tensions.

The abductees' families last Friday urged Abe to seek Mr. Trump's help, saying this could be their last chance to win their loved ones' release. North Korea, after years of denials, acknowledged in 2002 abducting 13 Japanese.


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