French President Emmanuel Macron, left welcomes Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wave before their talks at the Elysee Palace, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

PARIS (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pledging to help France rebuild the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral.

Abe stopped in France Tuesday as part of his tour of Europe and North America.

Speaking alongside French president Emmanuel Macron, Abe said through a translator he "was deeply saddened by the damage inflicted to the World Heritage" building.

He said the Japanese government "will spare no effort to bring its cooperation" in the reconstruction.

Macron and Abe will discuss the agenda for the upcoming Group of Seven and Group of 20 leaders' summits that France and Japan will respectively host this year.

In their statement at the Elysee palace, they said they will also talk about boosting economic growth through free trade, and address issues including North Korea and plastic waste in ocean.

French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe smile before their talks at the Elysee Palace, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
French President Emmanuel Macron, right, and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answer reporters before their talks at the Elysee Palace, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
French President Emmanuel Macron, left, hugs Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before their talks at the Elysee Palace, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
French President Emmanuel Macron, left, welcomes Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before their talks at the Elysee Palace, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
French President Emmanuel Macron, right, welcomes Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before their talks at the Elysee Palace, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
French President Emmanuel Macron, right, welcomes Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before their talks at the Elysee Palace, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace before his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
French President Emmanuel Macron, right, attends a meeting with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, April 23, 2019.(Philippe Wojazer, Pool via AP)
French President Emmanuel Macron, left, welcomes Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before their talks at the Elysee Palace, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
French President Emmanuel Macron, center right, and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wave before their talks at the Elysee Palace, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)