Abe, Trump Agree to Bolster Alliance, Speed Up Trade Talks


Osaka, June 28 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on Friday to further strengthen the two countries' security alliance and speed up talks on concluding a bilateral trade pact.

At a meeting held in the western Japan city of Osaka ahead of the start of the two-day Group of 20 summit later in the day, Abe and Trump did not address a possible review of the Japan-U.S. security regime, according to sources with access to the bilateral meeting.

The two leaders "confirmed their intent to deepen and expand U.S.-Japan alliance cooperation around the globe, including taking steps to maintain the alliance's technological advantage and bolstering systems to safeguard sensitive information and technology sharing," a White House official said.

A Japanese official said, "There have been no discussions so far on the possibility of changing something in the (security) framework."

The Japanese and U.S. leaders did not discuss issues related to the United States' defense burden under the bilateral security treaty or purchases of U.S. defense equipment by Japan, the official said.

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