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G-20 summit Osaka

Japan's Abe reaffirms US security ties after Trump's verbal swipe

Leaders agree to accelerate trade talks as they also discuss Iran situation

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Osaka on June 28.   © Reuters

OSAKA -- U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday met before the opening of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, where Abe and Trump reconfirmed that the nations' long-standing cooperation on security arrangements remain in place and that bilateral trade talks will be accelerated.

This is the third time for Trump and Abe to meet in less than three months, an unusually frequent pace.

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