Asia-Pacific Nations Agree on Close Cooperation with United States: Abe (News)
Hanoi, Jan. 16 (Jiji Press)—Wrapping up his tour to four Asia-Pacific countries, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Monday that he has agreed with the leaders there to continue their close cooperation with the United States for peace and security in the region.
Ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration as US president on Friday, Abe expressed his willingness to hold talks with the new president as soon as possible.
Abe made the remarks at a press conference in Hanoi, the last leg on his four-nation trip, which also took him to the Philippines, Australia, and Indonesia.
At a time when China is militarizing the South China Sea and boosting its activities in the East China Sea, Abe pointed out, "Peace and prosperity in the region depend on efforts to make and keep seas free and open."
"Based on the solid foundation of the alliance with the United States, Japan is determined to achieve unshakable peace and prosperity in an area stretching from the Asia-Pacific to the Indian Ocean," he stressed.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]