Industry minister Motegi to visit UAE from Jan. 20

Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi will visit the United Arab Emirates from Jan. 20 to 22 to strengthen relations with one of Japan's major oil suppliers, the ministry said Friday.

The economy, trade and industry minister will attend an international conference on renewable energy in Abu Dhabi and meet UAE officials for talks on energy cooperation.

Motegi visited the UAE in February 2013 to request the renewal of the Japanese interest in offshore oil fields, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with the Middle Eastern country last May.