LONDON, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his counterpart, Britain's Theresa May, in London Thursday that he supported the Brexit deal she has agreed with the European Union (EU).
After a high-level meeting with May at 10 Downing Street, Abe said: "It is the strong will of Japan to further develop this strong partnership with the UK, to invest more into your country and to enjoy further economic growth with the UK.
"That is why we truly hope that a no-deal Brexit will be avoided, and in fact that is the whole wish of the whole world."
He said the draft withdrawal agreement worked out between the EU and May provides for a transition to ensure legal stability for businesses that have invested in Britain.
May told Abe: "Your visit comes at a crucial time. As the UK prepares to leave the EU and raise our horizons towards the rest of the world, our relationship with countries such as Japan will be increasingly important, and your presidency of this year's G20 allows us to work together towards our shared goals on the global stage."