Tokyo Preparing Suga's Visit to US for 24 September Quad Summit, Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Says

© REUTERS / KIM KYUNG-HOONJapanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is seen through a prompter as he speaks during a news conference at his office in Tokyo, Japan, September 9, 2021
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is seen through a prompter as he speaks during a news conference at his office in Tokyo, Japan, September 9, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 14.09.2021
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TOKYO (Sputnik) - The Japanese government is making final preparations for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's visit to the United States, where he will attend the upcoming Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) summit along with leaders of India, Australia and the US, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said on Tuesday.
Quad is an informal strategic forum between the United States, Japan, Australia and India. US President Joe Biden will host the first-ever in-person Quad summit at the White House on 24 September. The agenda will focus on deepening ties between the sides and advancing practical cooperation in areas such as promoting free and open Indo-Pacific, among others.
"Prime minister Suga will visit Washington and participate in the [Quad] summit under favorable circumstances. At present, coordination of this issue has begun, with an eye to carrying out this trip," Kato told a press conference.
Tokyo expects the sides will have a thorough discussion of issues of importance to all, including the creation of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, as well as measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the official added.
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