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Nissan is 'open to dialogue' as FCA floats Renault merger proposal

CEO Saikawa declines to say whether he knew of deal

Nissan Motor President and CEO Hiroto Saikawa

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor President and CEO Hiroto Saikawa said Monday that he is open to discussions aimed at strengthening the Japanese carmaker's alliance with Renault of France, following a Nikkei report that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is set to propose a merger with Renault.

"I'm open to any forward-looking discussions to strengthen the alliance," Saikawa said, while declining to comment on what he said were "assumptions."

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