First Foreign leader to visit under Biden administration: Japanese PM Suga
On Friday, the White House announced that since President Joe Biden has taken his office in January, Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will visit the United States in April and will become the first leader of a foreign nation to hold face-to-face meeting with him.
The dates and other details of the visit of the leader under Biden administration are yet to be revealed.
“We are pleased to announce today that the first foreign leader to visit the United States in person will be Japanese Prime Minister Suga, who, again, the President will engage within the Quad,” said the official.
“We have not established yet a firm date for this, but we are working closely to ensure that this is convenient and that the standards are in place on both sides,” the official said.
Many media reports have said that Suga will visit US in April but the White House has not yet given a specific date for his visit.
The Japanese government announced on Friday that the Prime Minister Suga will travel to Washington next month for his first face-to-face summit with President Biden.
Suga will be the first foreign leader to visit Joe Biden since he took office since January 20, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said.
AP reported that the trip is expected to take place in the first half of April.
Senior Biden administration officials did not give other details.
“I have nothing further to add on the specifics of the timing, other than Japan will be the first, the Japanese leader, Prime Minister Suga will be the first visit to Washington DC,” the official said.
“I think we all recognise that our countries are both dealing with a number of issues. …Our intention is to work to find a date that is mutually convenient,” the official said.
According to the official the consultations for the visit have already begun.
“We are looking forward to it and we’ve already begun some consultations about areas that we want to enhance our cooperation,” the official said.