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President Trump, PM Abe confirm close cooperation over COVID-19 pandemic

All networks reported that President Trump and Prime Minister Abe held a teleconference this morning. They reportedly agreed to swiftly bring the coronavirus outbreak under control, to continue to work closely to curb its spread, and to develop drugs for the treatment of COVID-19. NHK said the meeting lasted for about 40 minutes and was held at the request of the Japanese government, adding that this was the first time for the two leaders to talk since the end of March when it was decided that the Tokyo Olympic games would be postponed. According to NHK, the two leaders briefed each other on their domestic measures against COVID-19; exchanged views on ways to curb the spread of the virus, the development of drugs and vaccines, and measures toward reopening the economy; and agreed to continue to cooperate closely. TV Asahi speculated that Abe asked the President to provide sufficient supplies of remdesivir to Japan.

 

NHK said the two leaders also exchanged views on international affairs, including North Korea. Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga reportedly told the press this morning: “It was very meaningful for the two leaders to confirm close bilateral cooperation via a teleconference at a time when the international community is being called upon to unite.”

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