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Suga touts Japan-US alliance in first call with Trump

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks to reporters in Tokyo on Sept. 20.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga affirmed the importance of the bilateral alliance with the U.S. in his first telephone conversation with President Donald Trump on Sunday.

Suga told Trump that the alliance is "the foundation for peace and stability in the region," the Japanese leader said to reporters afterward, describing the 25-minute talk.

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