Trump Congratulates Emperor Naruhito on Enthronement

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Washington, Oct. 22 (Jiji Press)--U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday released a statement congratulating Japanese Emperor Naruhito, for whom a "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-Gi" enthronement proclamation ceremony was held that day in Tokyo.

"The advent of the Imperial era known as 'Reiwa,' meaning 'beautiful harmony,' comes at a time in which the bonds of friendship between the American and Japanese people have never been stronger," the statement read. "Our global partnership is an unshakeable pillar of peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world."

"We wish the people of Japan our fondest regards and utmost respect on this auspicious and joyous occasion," Trump added.

The new Japanese era of Reiwa started in May in line with the new Emperor's accession to the throne.

Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi thanked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the phone for the president's statement. Elsewhere in the talks, the two confirmed their countries' close cooperation over ways to deal with Middle East tensions partly arising from strained U.S.-Iran ties, as well as the issue of North Korea's repeated short-range ballistic missile launches.

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