The Yomiuri ShimbunPrime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in New York on Thursday evening.
Abe likely emphasized the importance of the Japan-U.S. alliance and free trade mechanisms, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, sources said.
After the meeting with Trump, Abe told reporters, “We held talks and I am convinced we can build a relationship of trust.”
Abe and Trump agreed to meet again.
It was Trump’s first meeting with a foreign leader since winning the U.S. presidential election. It is extremely rare for a Japanese prime minister to meet with a U.S. president-elect.
The talks were held in Trump’s residence within Trump Tower in Manhattan. The meeting lasted about 90 minutes, longer than the initially scheduled 45 minutes. Abe had only his interpreter present.