Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga plans to speak with U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday, with officials from both countries preparing for the first telephone call between the two since Suga became Japan’s leader, Japanese government sources said Friday.
Suga, who became prime minister on Wednesday, plans to inform Trump of Tokyo’s stance of continuing foreign and security policies centering around the Japan-US alliance, the sources said, adding that the leaders will reaffirm close cooperation between their countries.
Suga is expected to seek US support for resolving the issue of North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals decades ago.
Suga and Trump may exchange opinions on China at a time when US-China relations are increasingly strained.
Trump has said on Twitter that he looks forward to talking with the new Japanese leader soon.