Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Spain next Tuesday as part of a tour of Europe that will also take him to France and Belgium, diplomatic sources told Efe on Tuesday.
The sources added that the official agenda includes a meeting with the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, on October 16 in the afternoon.
The main purpose of the meeting is to renew the partnership agreement that prevails between the two countries and that expires this year, the sources said.
The trip also coincides with the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
After Madrid, Abe will travel to Paris to meet with the French authorities on October 17, and on June 18 and 19 he will attend the Asia-Europe cooperation forum (ASEM) in Brussels.
The last official contact between the heads of government of the two countries took place in 2013 during the visit to Tokyo of the then president of the Spanish Executive, Mariano Rajoy.
Although in 2014 Abe was in Spain, it was an unofficial trip in order to visit Santiago de Compostela and make the last stretch of the Camino de Santiago, also as part of a tour of Europe.