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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Meets With Donald Trump

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Donald Trump Thursday and said afterward that the conversation was cordial and built confidence.
Shinzo Abe
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, gestures as he answers questions from the media after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York. Abe made a stop in New York to meet with Trump while en route to an APEC meeting in Lima, Peru.Kathy Willens / AP

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday and said afterward that the conversation was cordial and built confidence — without which the nations' alliance would not function.

"As an outcome of today’s discussion, I am convinced that Mr. Trump is a leader with whom I can have great confidence in," Abe said. It was the first meeting Trump has had with a foreign leader since the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Abe did not elaborate on the subject of the conversation, citing the fact that the president-elect had not assumed office and that the discussion was unofficial.

The prime minister did say he shared his basic views on a number of issues, but he highlighted his ability to work with the real estate mogul. This sentiment came despite Trump's campaign promises to dismiss the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

"As the outcome of today’s meeting and discussion, I’ve renewed my conviction that together with Mr. Trump I’ll be able to establish a relationship of trust," Abe said.