The White House congratulated Yoshihide Suga on his election as Prime Minister of Japan

Washington expressed its desire to strengthen the Alliance with Tokyo further.

The White House congratulated the leader of the liberal democratic party of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, on his election as Prime Minister.

“President Donald J. Trump is ready to continue implementing the concept of a free and open Indo-Pacific region that he developed with former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, including by further strengthening the US-Japan Alliance and advancing our common goals,” the White House said in a statement. “The relationship between the United States and Japan has never been stronger, and President Trump looks forward to working with Prime Minister Suga to make it even stronger.”

Suga, speaking at the first press conference after taking the oath of office, said that he would pursue a policy to strengthen the Alliance between Tokyo and Washington while hoping to establish stable relations with China and Russia.

Suga was elected Prime Minister on Wednesday, becoming Japan’s first new leader in nearly eight years.

Suga, who served as chief Cabinet secretary under outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was elected to the lower house of Parliament, where his ruling liberal democratic party has a majority.

Abe resigned at the end of August, citing health reasons. He has held office longer than any other Prime Minister in Japanese history.