Washington, Apr 27 (Sputnik/IBNS) US President Donald Trump told reporters the United States and Japan may close a bilateral trade deal before his visit to Tokyo in May.
"I think it can go quickly, I think it can go fairly quickly, maybe by the time I'm over there, maybe we sign it over there [Japan]," Trump told reporters in the Oval office on Friday.
Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Japan May 25-28 to meet with His Majesty Emperor Naruhito. Trump will then have bilateral meetings with Abe.
The US president welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the White House on Friday to discuss a range of mutual interests on trade, North Korea and other foreign policy issues.
The United States is seeking to rebalance trade with its ally on a bilateral basis after leaving the multilateral deal on the Trans-Pacific partnership in 2017 while it was still in the pipeline.