US President Barack Obama called President of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan Shinzo Abe to congratulate him on party’s victory in general elections held a day earlier.

“Both sides reaffirmed the importance of the US-Japan alliance as the cornerstone of peace and security in the region,” the White House said.

“The President and Abe discussed the ongoing efforts to enhance bilateral security cooperation as well as deepening economic ties. They also agreed on the importance of close US-Japan cooperation on pressing regional and global issues,” the statement said.

Earlier in the day, the White House said the US-Japan alliance serves as the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific.

“We look forward to working closely with the new Japanese Prime Minister, Cabinet, and the people of Japan on a range of important bilateral, regional and global issues,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily news conference.

In response to a question, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland urged both Japan and China to avoid taking any provocative action that would increase the tension in the region.

“Our message to the new Japanese government will be the same as our message to the former Japanese government, which is that we want to see both Japan and China avoid provocative acts. We want to see them talk to each other and work this through by dialogue,” she said.

(This article was published on December 18, 2012)
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