The Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida, accepted an invitation from the President of the United States, Joe Biden, to make a state visit to the country in April, the White House said in a statement this Thursday.
O invitation was formalized by Bidenin November, when he met with Kishida on the sidelines of a meeting of leaders from the Asia/Pacific region and the visit is expected to end a period of nine years without trips by the Japanese head of state to the United States, as the last one took place in 2015 .
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The two parties then began working on an agenda that was scheduled for the beginning of this year, but which will eventually take place in April, with a state dinner on the 10th of that month, according to information released by Washington.
According to the spokesperson for the President of the United States, Karine Jean-Pierre, the meeting will allow both countries to continue strengthening ties in matters of politics, security and economicsas well as advancing “a common vision for an open, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific and world”.
Japan is considered a key ally of the United States in the region, although the last state visit by a country leader to his North American counterpart took place in 2015, when the now deceased Shinzo Abe was received by then President Barack Obama .