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PM Kishida aiming to hold talks with President Biden in UK 

Saturday’s Mainichi wrote that arrangements are being made for Prime Minister Kishida to hold a brief meeting with President Biden in the UK on Nov. 2 on the sidelines of the COP26 conference on the condition that the ruling coalition wins the general election. The Japanese side is reportedly hoping that Kishida will at least be able to exchange greetings with the President to confirm the bilateral alliance and build personal ties. The premier is set to give a speech on Japan’s environmental policy before the assembled world dignitaries on Nov. 2 after the U.S. leader delivers his address on Nov. 1. The paper added that Kishida is likely to hold talks with his British counterpart Johnson on the margins of the conference. 

 

In a related development, today’s Asahi quoted Kishida as saying on NHK last night following the LDP’s victory in the general election: “Since the U.S.-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of Japanese diplomacy, I would like to visit the U.S. and hold a summit with President Biden as soon as possible.”   

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