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Japan’s PM to be the first foreign leader to meet with Joe Biden

Japan’s PM to be the first foreign leader to meet with Joe Biden

Japanese head of the government will become the first foreign diplomat to hold a face-to-face meeting with the US President. Yoshihide Suga and Joe Biden scheduled to meet in a summit planned for April 16.

During the upcoming summit, China will be high on the agenda. Meantime, the meeting between Biden and Suga in Washington demonstrates the importance the US attaches to relations with Japan.

“The U.S. and Japan share the basic values of freedom, human rights and the rule of law,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said in announcing Yoshihide Suga’s trip on Friday.

Upon taking the office, Joe Biden has already held virtual summits with the likes of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Bloomberg News reports. There were no comments regarding meeting with the Japanese top official. Suga remains a diplomatic novice who has come under pressure.