Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida likely to meet US President Joe Biden by November end: Report

The United States is a crucial support of Japan’s post-war diplomacy. Most prime ministers visit the United States after taking charge of the office for meeting with the US leader.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who took charge of the office a month ago, intends to meet with President Joe Biden during his visit to the United States, news agency Jiji reported on Friday.

Biden and Kishida shortly met in Glasgow this week during the UN climate summit. The two agreed to meet formally at the time to discuss matters of mutual concern like relationships with China and preserving a “free and open Indo-Pacific.”

Kishida told reporters that Biden and he agreed to meet as soon as possible, probably later this year to hold more “in-depth” talks. Kishida already spoke to Biden over telephone after being elected as Prime Minister last month. This will be the first time the two will be meeting in person under their official positions, news agency Kyodo News reported.

Kishida’s schedule is booked during the yeard end, including budget discussions and participating in an exceptional session of parliament expected to gather at November end at the earliest, so an absolute chance to visit the US would be before that, added Jiji. The United States is a crucial support of Japan’s post-war diplomacy. Most prime ministers visit the United States after taking charge of the office for meeting with the US leader.

“Given that Japan-U.S. relations are the cornerstone of Japan’s diplomacy, I would like to visit the United States as soon as possible for a Japan-U.S. summit,” Kishida said after it became inevitable that his ruling alliance has maintained its majority within the House of Representatives in the general election.

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