Macron Meets Japan PM On Olympic Visit
Zeeshan Mehtab 2 months ago Sat 24th July 2021 | 02:00 PM
Tokyo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Jul, 2021 ) :French President Emmanuel Macron met his Japanese counterpart on Saturday and took in some Olympic judo action after watching Tokyo 2020's opening ceremony in a nearly empty stadium.
He was one of around 1,000 officials and VIPs, including US First Lady Jill Biden, in the stands for Friday's opening ceremony.
Regular ticket-holders were barred to limit the spread of Covid-19 as cases surge in the city, forcing almost all Games events behind closed doors.
The French president hailed the two countries' "exceptional" relationship after meeting Suga.
"At a time when we are all fighting against the virus, striving for recovery, this partnership is a strength," he tweeted.
Macron and Suga wore masks and exchanged a double fist-bump in lieu of a handshake.
Tokyo is currently under a virus state of emergency, which limits alcohol sales and restaurant opening hours.
Coronavirus rules have forced Macron to reduce his delegation to a minimum, and he is travelling with just a single minister.
In a joint statement, Macron and Suga repeated their commitment to a "free and open Indo-Pacific".
They said they discussed the fight against climate change, which "is not a constraint but an opportunity for innovation and job creation".
"The two countries are working to strengthen their dialogue while prioritising the children's best interests," it said.
The subject has been in the headlines since a French father in Tokyo began a hunger strike to win access to his children, who he says were abducted by their Japanese mother.