New Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s first one-on-one telephone talks with U.S. President Donald Trump went without a hitch Sunday evening, but the Japanese leader is expected to face a number of challenges in the run-up to the Nov. 3 American presidential election.

The U.S.-Japan security alliance topped the agenda in the 25-minute talks, during which Suga told Trump the two allies’ relationship was the “cornerstone of peace and stability in the region,” the prime minister told reporters Sunday after the talks.

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