Japan-United States of America Relations

February 20, 2019

On February 20, commencing at 10:00 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit telephone talk with the Honorable Donald Trump, President of the United States of America. The overview of the talk is as follows.

1. The two leaders closely aligned their future policies toward the resolution of the abductions, nuclear and missile issues prior to the second U.S.-North Korea Summit to be held on February 27 and 28.

2. Thoroughly explaining the earnest hope of the families of the abductees, who strongly request for the return of their family members, Prime Minister Abe asked for President Trump’s cooperation on the abductions issue at the upcoming second U.S.-North Korea Summit Meeting, as in the case in the first U.S.-North Korea Summit. In response, President Trump promised to cooperate in an encouraging manner, as he did last time.

3. The leaders agreed to hold a Japan-U.S. summit telephone talk after the second U.S.-North Korea Summit, and decided to coordinate the details. The leaders confirmed that the two countries will continue to cooperate closely at various levels both before and after the second U.S.-North Korea Summit.

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