Japanese Prime Minister to kick off G7 tour January 9


YEREVAN, JANUARY 4, ARTSAKHPRESS. Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida Fumio is making arrangements to visit the Group of Seven (G7) member states next month for summit talks, NHK reports.

The visits will take place ahead of the G7 summit that Japan will host in May 2023 in the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima.

NHK cited government sources as saying that preparations are ongoing to pave the way for Kishida’s visits to Europe and North America between early and mid-January for summits with G7 member state leaders.

The Japanese PM is to seek closer ties within the leaders as well as call for cooperation to make the summit a success.

During his talks with US President Joe Biden, Kishida plans to explain that Japan has revised key defense documents to significantly boost Japan’s defense capabilities, NHK reported.

The White House said the meeting between US President Joe Biden and Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida Fumio is scheduled for January 13.

“The leaders will celebrate the unprecedented strength of the U.S.-Japan Alliance and will set the course for their partnership in the year ahead,” said the statement from White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

“The meeting with President Biden will be more than just a huddle on Japan’s G7 chair takeover,” Kishida said in a televised address. The Japanese leader will kick off a G7 tour next Monday, visiting France, Italy, United Kingdom, Canada before the United States.

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