"Good meeting w Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida. We ironed out the few remaining differences in the #EUJapan trade negotiations. We've reached political agreement at Ministerial level on an #EUJapan trade deal. We now recommend to leaders to confirm this at summit," Malmstrom posted on her official Twitter account.
At the summit, the European Union will be represented by European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, while the Asian nation will be represented by its Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
According to the European Commission, the issue of a free trade agreement between the two sides has been on the bilateral agenda since March 2013, while the Strategic Partnership Agreement had been negotiated in parallel with it.