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  • PM Suga, Trump Agree To Boost Bilateral Alliance In First Phone Talks

Photo: Yonhap News
Photo: Yonhap News
Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Donald Trump have vowed to further strengthen the Tokyo-Washington security alliance and work together to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

The agreement came Sunday during Suga's first official phone call with Trump since taking office.

According to Kyodo News, Suga also asked Trump for his continued support in pushing for the return of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s.

Last week, Suga became Japan's first new leader in nearly eight years, succeeding Shinzo Abe, who is known to have formed one of the closest relationships with Trump among world leaders.

Trump earlier congratulated Suga on his election in a tweet saying he knows he will do a "tremendous job for Japan and the world."


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