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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Biden held telephone talks

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (Kyodo News Agency)

January 28 Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga held a telephone talk with US President Biden in the early morning of the 28th.

The two sides reached a consensus on strengthening cooperation to further strengthen the Japan-US alliance.

This is the first telephone conversation between the heads of Japan and the United States after Biden took office. Yoshihide Suga told media reporters after the talks that he congratulated Biden on his appointment as US President.

During the talks, the two sides reached a consensus on strengthening the Japan-US alliance and confirmed that they would address common issues in the international community such as the new crown epidemic and climate change. Carry out close cooperation.

Yoshihide Suga said that the two sides agreed to put their plan to visit the United States on the agenda as soon as possible depending on the epidemic situation, so as to realize face-to-face consultations between the two heads of state. 

He said that in terms of deepening his personal relationship with Biden, the phone meeting that day was a “very good meeting”, but the meeting did not involve the hosting of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

According to a statement issued by the White House, Biden and Yoshihide Suga discussed the policy issues and global challenges that the two countries face. The two sides reaffirmed the importance of the US-Japan alliance to regional peace and prosperity.

Biden reiterated to Yoshihide Suga the US’s commitment to provide “extended deterrence” to Japan. The two sides affirmed the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the need to resolve the issue of “hostage taking” at an early date.

Both parties also pledged to cooperate on issues such as the new crown epidemic and climate change.

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