The French government says it is willing to reduce its stake in Renault in an effort to consolidate the vehicle manufacturer's partnership with Nissan.
The French group's decision came as France's finance minister Bruno Le Maire said a proposed merger between Renault and Fiat-Chrysler remains a "good opportunity", despite the withdrawal of the offer by the Italian-American carmaker due to "unreasonable" political resistance from Paris.
The French government played a major role in the Renault-Fiat split, having sough to postpone talks until after Le Maire's trip to Japan, so as to seek explicit support from Nissan before going forward.
Resolve your differences "Renault's rights as 43.4% shareholder of Nissan need to be fully recognized and, at a minimum, one or two directors proposed by Renault should be members of each of the three committees", Renault said in its letter, a copy of which was viewed by Reuters.
Sources indicate Nissan could back the merger if it can convince Renault to reduce its shareholding.
The relationship was further tested when a proposed merger of Renault and Fiat Chrysler was scrapped last week. "As now proposed, this does not seem to be the case".
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On Sunday, French newspaper Journal du Dimanche reported that Fiat managers informed French authorities on their interest in Renault during the Christmas holidays.
"Nissan finds Renault's new stance on this matter most regrettable, as such a stance runs counter to the company's efforts to improve its corporate governance", it said in a statement.
The reported move by Renault, which is Nissan's largest shareholder, is likely to further strain ties between the two after the shock arrest of former boss Carlos Ghosn.
The alliance between Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi - once the most successful of its kind in the world - is in crisis after Mr Ghosn, 65, was charged with under-reporting his salary and misuse of corporate funds.
Japan's Jiji news agency earlier quoted Saikawa as saying: "We are preparing for the shareholder meeting and will discuss necessary issues at the appropriate time".
Ghosn is awaiting trial and denies the financial misconduct charges against him.