Japan, US Leaders End Summit Meeting

Tokyo, April 24 (QNA) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US
President Barack Obama have indicated they want to strengthen the
alliance between their countries for the peace and prosperity of the
Asia-Pacific region.

Abe and Obama met at the State Guest House in Tokyo on Thursday.
Obama is on a 3-day state visit to Japan. It’s his first trip to the
country in about 3-and-a-half years, Japan’s (NHK World) reported.

At the beginning of the meeting, Abe said Japan and the United
States hope to use their alliance to take the leading role in
ensuring peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.

Abe said he strongly supports the US strategic rebalance toward
He also said his administration will proactively contribute to
regional peace and stability.

Obama said the US-Japan alliance is the foundation for security in
the Asia-Pacific region but also for the region as a whole.

He added that he is confident the two countries will continue to
make progress because of their strong cooperation.

The leaders are believed to have confirmed that the Japan-US
security treaty covers all the territories under the administration
of Japan, including the Senkaku Islands.

Abe and Obama were expected to seek a breakthrough in negotiations
over the TPP trade deal. Delegates from Japan and the US failed to
reach an agreement in ministerial-level talks.

Obama is believed to have expressed support for Abe’s move to try to
reinterpret the Constitution to allow Japan to exercise the right to
collective self-defense.

Abe and Obama are scheduled to issue a statement at a news
conference. (QNA)

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