Japan and the United States are arranging for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President-elect Donald Trump to meet in the U.S. around Jan. 27, just a week after Trump’s inauguration as president, a source close to bilateral relations said Tuesday.
Abe and Trump held talks in New York shortly after Trump’s election in early November, after which Abe said he came away with the sense that he could trust the next U.S. leader. Abe said he and Trump had agreed to meet again after the Jan. 20 inauguration to hold a deeper discussion.
Abe has refrained from revealing further details of the talks, but Japan’s ambassador to the United States said last week that Abe and Trump had agreed on the importance of the Japan-U.S. alliance and “agreed that we could do more.”
Meanwhile, Abe is scheduled to hold his last bilateral summit with outgoing President Barack Obama in Hawaii on Dec. 27.
Trump’s previous remarks about allies needing to contribute more to support the U.S. military presence overseas has stoked concern in Japan about the incoming administration’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific region.
Abe has touted the bilateral security relationship as “an alliance of hope that brings together the strength of Japan and the United States to tackle the various issues facing the world.”
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