Japan’s Abe tells Trump strengthening of alliance will not change

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TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told U.S. President Donald Trump that the strengthening of their two nations’ alliance would be maintained even after Abe’s departure from office, a Japanese government spokesman said on Monday.

Abe announced on Friday he was resigning because of poor health, his long-running battle with ulcerative colitis ending his tenure as Japan’s longest-serving prime minister.

“He wants President Trump to rest assured because the policy of bolstering the Japan-U.S. alliance will remain unchanged,” Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Akihiro Nishimura said.

Nishimura was speaking to reporters after a 30-minute telephone call between Abe and Trump,…

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