facebook
twitter
search
search

Japan's Abe U.S. bound

April 26, 2007 at 3:12 AM

TOKYO, April 26 (UPI) -- Japanese leader Shinzo Abe boarded a jet Thursday bound for his first meeting with President George Bush in the United States as prime minister.

Abe is expected to reaffirm the two nation's security alliance and cooperation in dealing with North Korea, the Kyodo news agency reported.

"I would like to have a solid and irreplaceable Japan-U.S. alliance as the cornerstone of Japan's security ... and build a relationship with President Bush in which we can discuss everything frankly," Abe said to reporters prior to leaving Tokyo.

Abe said one of his goals is to have the United States confirm it will cooperate with Japan concerning the issue of North Korea's past abductions of Japanese nationals.

"I want to move toward its resolution with an iron will," he said.

Abe also is expected to meet with congressional leaders from both the Republican and Democratic parties, followed by visits to a U.S. Navy hospital and Arlington Cemetery.

Abe also will stop in the Middle East following his visit to the United States. He said he wants to build a "multilayered'' relationship with Mideast countries by building on issues such as energy, the environment and culture, Kyodo said.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Kurds plan to carve state out of Iraq after fighting stops, leaders say
Kentucky clerk sued for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses
Van hauling fireworks catches fire on I-15 near California-Nevada border
Sean 'Diddy' Combs avoids felony rap for attacking UCLA coach
New Elvis stamp features a more toned-down King of Rock 'n' Roll