Abe, Macron express hope for smooth Nissan-Renault cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron held talks over the phone Friday and expressed hope for smooth cooperation between Nissan Motor Co and Renault SA after the French automaker’s selection of a new leadership, the Japanese government said.

Abe and Macron spoke a day after the French automaker picked Jean-Dominique Senard as its new chairman to replace Carlos Ghosn, who has been detained in Japan for alleged financial misconduct.

During their talks, Abe also expressed hope that a stable alliance between Nissan and Renault will be maintained and strengthened as it is a symbol of industrial cooperation between the two countries, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

The two leaders agreed to cooperate to make the Group of 20 summit in Osaka in June a success, it said.

Nissan ousted Ghosn, who has denied all allegations against him, as chairman following his arrest in November. © KYODO

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