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Japan PM Shinzo Abe to be first foreign leader to meet Donald Trump

"I am very honoured to see the President-elect ahead of other world leaders," Abe told reporters before his departure.


Japan PM Shinzo Abe to be first foreign leader to meet Donald Trump

Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to become the first foreign leader to meet US President-elect Donald Trump, officials said on Thursday.

Abe departed for New York on Thursday on his way to an Asia-Pacific trade summit in Peru, CNN reported.

"I am very honoured to see the President-elect ahead of other world leaders," Abe told reporters before his departure.

"The Japan-US alliance is the axis of Japan`s diplomacy and security. The alliance becomes alive only when there is trust between us. I would like to build such a trust with Trump."

Abe, like other Asian leaders, is keen to find out to what extent Trump`s campaign trail rhetoric will become policy after Trump suggested he may withdraw US troops from the region, according to sources.

A top aide to Abe, Katsuyuki Kawai, said he was told by members of Trump`s transition team that Trump`s previous remarks should not be taken literally.

From Zee News

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