Obama-Abe Summit Seen Giving Impetus To Trade But No Deal-Official

Next week's meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a good opportunity to give impetus to trade negotiations but will not seal a deal, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday.

U.S. President Barack Obama talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Washington

Japanese and U.S. trade officials will meet again on Monday in the lead-up to the leaders' talks to discuss sticking points in bilateral trade which are holding up agreement on the wider Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative.

The senior official said so far talks had succeeded in defining a set of outstanding issues, but these were very important and considerable differences remained between the two sides' positions.

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