Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and British Premier David Cameron confirmed their cooperation over the ongoing Algeria hostage crisis during a telephone conversation Saturday evening.

Speaking to reporters afterward, Abe said he and Cameron shared their concern that the situation remains "unpredictable" and that many people, including Japanese and British nationals, have become victims.

"We confirmed that Britain and Japan will continue to cooperate in the fight against terrorism," Abe said, adding the two countries will closely collaborate by exchanging information about the unfolding events.