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Fri 22 Feb 2013

Obama meets Japan's PM Shinzo Abe for first time

  • By Yafit Lazar
  • Last Update: 4 years ago
  • Washington, Washington, D.C., United States

US President Barack Obama is expected to meet Japan's newly elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the first time.

During a phone call between the two leaders, days after Japanese PM's election, it was agreed that a summit would be held in early 2013. However, the visit of Abe was postponed after it was reported that the US President's agenda was too busy to accommodate a visit by the Japanese prime minister.

During the talks, the two leaders will look to strengthen bilateral relations and discuss security issues concerning the East China Sea and South China Sea.

"I told (Obama) that I'd like to strengthen the Japan-US alliance, as this will help stabilise the Asian region," Abe said after the phone call.

The summit is in line with one of Abe's key campaign promises, committing to strengthen the Japan-US military alliance, which will keep China and North Korea in check.

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