WASHINGTON (Kyodo) President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged a renewal and bolstering of the U.S.-Japan alliance as the two countries marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the security treaty amid a rift over relocating the Futenma airfield.

“America’s commitment to Japan’s security is unshakable, and our cooperation to meet common challenges is a critical part of our engagement with the world,” Obama said in a statement.

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