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PM Abe conveys to President Trump his decision to resign

All networks reported that Prime Minister Abe and President Trump talked by phone for about 30 minutes this morning, NHK reported that the Japanese premier conveyed to the President his decision to step down and expressed his appreciation by saying that through his relationship of trust with President Trump, he was able to deepen cooperation through numerous visits and teleconferences and strengthen the U.S.-Japan relationship. Abe reportedly reassured the President that his successor will continue to strengthen the bilateral alliance. President Trump reportedly said he was sad to see his closest friend resign and urged him to get sufficient rest to recover, repeatedly expressing appreciation for his strong leadership. In addition, Abe reportedly expressed hope for close bilateral cooperation as Japan is in the process of creating a new security strategy, including missile defense, in light of the severe security environment, including North Korea’s improved ballistic missile capability. The Japanese leader also called for continued U.S. support in resolving the abduction issue. In addition, the two leaders reportedly agreed on bilateral cooperation in the development of COVID-19 drugs and vaccines.

 

Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga reportedly told the press this morning: “Prime Minister Abe and President Trump have built friendship and trust through their many meetings in the past, and today’s teleconference also reminded me of the strong bond forged between the two leaders.” NHK also reported that the White House released a statement on the teleconference, saying: “The two leaders remarked that their relationship is extraordinary; the President called Prime Minister Abe the greatest prime minister in Japan’s history. The President said that Prime Minister Abe has done a fantastic job and that the relationship between the United States and Japan is better today than it has ever been. Although Prime Minister Abe will be leaving his position soon, the President noted that he will undoubtedly keep playing a big role in the future of Japan.” NHK also reported that the President posted a tweet saying: “Just had a wonderful conversation with my friend, Prime Minister Abe of Japan, who will be leaving office soon. Shinzo will soon be recognized as the greatest Prime Minister in the history of Japan, whose relationship with the USA is the best it has ever been. Special man!”

 

According to the networks, PM Abe is expected to also hold talks with Russian President Putin later this afternoon.

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