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U.S. media: President Biden planning to host Suga at White House as early as April

  • March 8, 2021
  • , TV Asahi
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TV Asahi reported at noon that U.S. news site Axios reported that President Biden is planning to host Prime Minister Suga at the White House and hold an in-person summit meeting as early as April. The network said that it would be President Biden’s first in-person meeting with a foreign leader. According to the report, however, a final decision has not been made, and the schedule could be pushed back depending on the COVID-19 situation. The network said the Biden administration is planning to hold an online summit with the leaders of Japan, India, and Australia sometime this month, and Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of Defense Austin are expected to visit Japan and other Asian countries in mid-March.

 

NHK reported that Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato told the press this morning: “We are hoping to arrange [Suga’s visit to the U.S.] as early as possible while monitoring the new coronavirus situation. That was confirmed at the teleconference held between the two leaders the other day.” He reportedly added: “However, nothing concrete, including the timing of the visit, has been decided at this point.”

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