Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Argentina President Mauricio Macri agreed Monday to speed up negotiations for a bilateral investment accord as part of efforts to strengthen economic ties.

In a meeting in Buenos Aires, Abe and Macri also called for deepening exchanges at the leader and ministerial levels and affirmed close cooperation as "strategic partners."

"We agreed to promote trade and investment between the two countries," Abe said in a joint news conference with Macri after the meeting.