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Shinzo Abe to meet Obama at White House to show deepening of ties

Washington, PTI | Updated : 23 March 2015, 07:35 PM

US President Barack Obama will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House on April 28 in a show of strong ties developed between the former archrivals during the 70 years post the World War II.

Obama would host Abe for a State Dinner at the White House on April 28, the US President’s Press Secretary Josh Earnest said today.

“The two leaders will celebrate the strong global partnership that the United States and Japan have developed during the 70 years since the end of World War II, and underscore the common values and principles that have made the bilateral relationship so enduring,” he said.

“Obama and Abe will discuss a range of economic, security, and global issues, including progress on the Trans Pacific Partnership, Japan’s expanding role in the Alliance, and climate change,” Earnest said.

In Tokyo, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference today that besides Washington DC, Abe will also travel to Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles during his week-long trip between April 26-May 3.

Abe will become the first Japanese leader to address a coveted joint session of the US Congress during the visit that will focus on strengthening trade and military ties while highlighting Tokyo’s commitment to post-war pacifism.

Japanese media also reported that the foreign and defence ministers of the two nations will hold a so-called “two-plus-two” meeting on the sidelines of Abe’s trip.

First Published: Monday, March 23, 2015 07:14 PM
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