Private birthday dinner underscores close Trump-Abe relationship

US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have met on multiple occasions and have had dozens of phone calls. PHOTOS: NYTIMES, AFP
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WASHINGTON - That Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mrs Akie Abe will dine with United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on Mrs Trump's birthday on Friday (April 26) in Washington underscores how deftly the Premier has managed his relationship with the mercurial President.

The two leaders have met on multiple occasions and have had dozens of phone calls. They will meet again on Friday for a summit during Mr Abe's official working visit. On the agenda will be developments on North Korea, trade and investment, energy, infrastructure, digital connectivity and the Indo-Pacific.

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