This week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin visited Japan.
The US government has not yet given a final confirmation of the timing and format of the upcoming talks between US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. This was stated on Thursday at a regular briefing for journalists by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, responding to a request to say whether the two leaders will actually hold a face-to-face meeting in Washington on April 9.
“I know that there are messages about a future meeting. And the president, of course, is looking forward to meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan,” Psaki said. However, she stressed, “I do not think that a final confirmation was given here as to what this meeting will look like and what the format will be.”
This week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin visited Japan. They held a two-plus-two meeting with their Japanese counterparts.
The Japanese Prime Minister is expected to visit the United States in the first half of April. As previously publicly announced by the US administration, Suga is to become the first foreign leader Biden will receive in Washington after the White House lifted some sanitary and epidemic restrictions caused by the current pandemic.