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Trump told Abe he was Japan's greatest prime minister, White House says

Trump told Abe he was Japan's greatest prime minister, White House says

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, Aug 28, 2020. (Franck Robichon/Pool via REUTERS)

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump called Shinzo Abe the greatest prime minister in Japanese history during a call between the two leaders, a White House spokesman said on Sunday (Aug 30), days after the Japanese premier said he was stepping down for health reasons.

The two men spoke at length, and Trump told Abe he had done a "fantastic job" and that the relationship between their two countries was stronger than it has ever been, White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement.

"The President called Prime Minister Abe the greatest prime minister in Japan's history," Deere said.

READ: Trump pays 'highest respect' to resigning Japanese PM Abe

On his part, Abe told Trump that a strengthening of the two nations' alliance will remain in place even after his departure, according to a Japanese government spokesman.

Source: Reuters/kv

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