Donald Trump congratulates Shinzo Abe on victory; stresses on strong US-Japan alliance
US President Donald Trump has congratulated Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his electoral victory and reaffirmed his desire to continue working closely with him, the White House said on Monday.
Abe’s conservative coalition secured a landslide win, winning more than 300 seats in the 465-seat parliament in snap polls on Sunday.
Trump is scheduled to visit Japan early next month.
The president “spoke yesterday with” Abe to congratulate him on his recent electoral victory, the White House said.
“The two leaders underscored the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, and a strong United States-Japan alliance,” it said.
During the telephonic conversation, Trump reaffirmed his desire to continue working closely with Abe, and said he looks forward to visiting Japan in early November.
Japan would be Trump’s first stop in the five nation Asia trip early next month that would also take him to South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.
“The president will commence this visit to Asia beginning with Japan on November 5,” a senior Trump administration official told reporters at the White House in a preview of the visit from November 3 to 14.
“In Japan, he is going to affirm the US-Japan Alliance as the cornerstone for regional peace and security. The …read more