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Abe says he sought common goals, not differences with Trump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he stressed common goals, not differences, during his weekend meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump, whom he called a "good listener."

Abe returned Monday from the meetings in Washington and a round of golf with Trump at one of his courses in Florida.

Abe said on NHK public television that his main goal was to show the world an unshakable Japan-U.S. alliance. He said the two leaders had frank discussions about Russia, China, North Korea and other key issues while they traveled together from Washington to Florida.

Abe said he was relieved that Trump did not ask Japan to pay more for U.S. troops based there, and said the two leaders agreed to expand Japan's military role in their alliance.