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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel vowed Wednesday to cooperate so Japan and the European Union can reach an agreement in principle this year on free trade.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Michel after a meeting in Tokyo, Abe said the two leaders also agreed to promote reform of the U.N. Security Council, antiterrorism measures, antipiracy steps and peace-building efforts.

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