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Flood-postponed EU-Japan summit moved to Tokyo

AFP  |  Brussels 

will now host an EU-summit on July 17 to sign a free trade accord after the Japanese cancelled the talks in because of deadly floods at home, the said today.

Japanese called off the trip this week to and three other countries as the death toll from flooding and landslides caused by record rains hit 100.

The summit between Abe, and was postponed until next week after the pair discussed the floods by telephone today, Juncker's said.

"The two sides agreed that the EU-summit scheduled to take place in this Wednesday will instead take place in next week on the 17th of July," Schinas told reporters in

"On this occasion, they will sign the economic partnership agreement and the strategic partnership agreement," Schinas said. He added that Juncker, who heads the commission, the EU's arm, will fly to from Beijing, where he will attend an EU-summit.

Tusk had earlier said on that "in view of the tragic circumstances, we are ready to move our EU-Summit from Brussels to Tokyo next week", but did not give a date. Abe had been expected to visit Belgium, France, and from Wednesday.

Abe is now set travel to some of the areas worst affected by the flooding and landslides as early as Wednesday, according to

The trade deal with Japan is the biggest ever signed by the

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 17:50 IST