Media: Biden to meet Japanese prime minister at White House in April

According to Axios, the talks could be pushed back to a later date, depending on progress in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus

US President Joe Biden plans to hold a face-to-face meeting at the White House with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in April this year. This was reported on Sunday by the news portal Axios, citing its sources.

The Japanese prime minister will be the first foreign leader that Biden will meet with at his official residence, Axios said. At the same time, it said, the talks could be pushed back to a later date from April, depending on progress in the fight against the spread of the new coronavirus. The meeting is expected to underline the importance of the US-Japan alliance and also be the first in a string of visits to the US by foreign leaders, according to the portal. The White House declined to comment on a possible summit between the two leaders.

Biden had previously held a bilateral meeting remotely with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The White House also plans to meet in the near future in the same format with the leaders of Australia, India and Japan.

In February 2009, then-Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso also became the first foreign leader to be welcomed at the White House by the 44th U.S. President Barack Obama.

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