Japan's PM calls for summit with South Korean leader
MANILA (AFP) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday he hoped to hold his first summit with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye to mend frayed ties between the two countries.
Speaking at the end of a South-east Asian tour, Mr Abe called for reconciliation after a year of diplomatic discord marked by a territorial dispute and visits by Japanese politicians to a controversial war shrine that angered South Korea, its former colony.
"With President Park Geun-Hye I had a telephone conversation. We belong to the same generation, so I do sincerely hope that we will be able to hold a summit meeting," he told reporters.
He did not say when the phone call took place or when the summit, which would be the first between the two leaders since they came to power, could occur. However, he described Seoul as "a most important neighbour with whom Japan shares fundamental values and interests".