THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release September 2, 2009
Readout of the President’s Call with Democratic Party of Japan President Yukio Hatoyama
The President spoke with Yukio Hatoyama, the President of the Democratic Party of Japan, this morning to congratulate him on the results of the Lower House elections. President Obama and Mr. Hatoyama stressed the importance of a strong U.S.-Japan Alliance and their desire to build an even more effective partnership. President Obama stated his strong wish to work with Mr. Hatoyama and the Japanese government on behalf of the people of both nations to strengthen global economic recovery, combat climate change, ensure the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies in Afghanistan, and build peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. The President said he looks forward to seeing Mr. Hatoyama during the United Nations General Assembly in New York and the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh later this month.