The Secretary of State will meet with new Prime Minister Suga and attend a meeting with colleagues from India and Australia.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Japan on Tuesday for a visit that was shortened due to the hospitalization of President Donald Trump, who was diagnosed with COVID-19.
After Trump fell ill, the Secretary of State’s visit was shortened to one full day in Japan. The State Department said Pompeo would not travel to Mongolia and South Korea as originally planned.
Pompeo is expected to meet with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Tuesday for the first time since his appointment, and will also participate in a broader meeting with the Foreign Ministers of India and Australia.
This meeting of participants in the “Quadrilateral dialogue” – the United States, Japan, Australia, and India – occurs at a time of tense relations between Washington and China.
In a conversation with reporters before flying to Japan, Pompeo expressed hope for “significant results” of the meeting of the Quartet members but did not go into details.
China has denounced the Quartet as an attempt to restrain its development.
Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava said the foreign Ministers of the four countries are likely to emphasize their support for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
He said they would discuss the new world order in the post-AIDS world and coordinate the response to the pandemic.