Japanese PM expected to be Biden's first foreign visit at White House

Japanese PM expected to be Biden's first foreign visit at White House
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President BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Manchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE’s first in-person meeting with a foreign leader in Washington, D.C., will be with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, according to a senior administration official, though the timing of the meeting has not been decided.

“We’ve not established yet a firm date for this, but we are working closely to ensure that this is convenient and that the standards are in place on both sides,” a senior administration official told reporters.

The meeting will be significant, particularly because Biden has not yet met with a foreign leader in person since taking office. Japan represents a key U.S. ally in the Pacific, and Suga was elected prime minister of Japan last September, succeeding Shinzo Abe.

Officials declined to give a timeline on the meeting, saying only that both sides were working to find a mutually convenient date. White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiThe Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel Biden to talk vaccination strategy with bipartisan governors House Republicans press Biden Education secretary on reopening outreach MORE said in February that Biden was unlikely to meet in person with a foreign leader for “a couple of months.”

“We are looking forward to it and we have already begun some consultations about areas that we want to enhance our cooperation,” the official said.

Biden has held bilateral virtual meetings with Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauBiden to record video message for 'Vax Live' concert Pranksters trick Canadian lawmakers with fake Navalny aide: report Trudeau voices 'tremendous confidence' in AstraZeneca vaccine after first Canadian death linked to shot MORE and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Biden will virtually meet with Suga as well as other leaders of members of the "Quad," an informal strategic group comprised of the U.S., Australia, India and Japan. It will be the first-ever meeting of the heads of state of the Quad countries. The group is expected to announce commitments to expand vaccine manufacturing and delivery and to announce working groups on vaccines and climate change.

Officials also recently announced that Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenKabul attack spurs fears over fate of Afghan women as US exits China knocks US for urging WHO to invite Taiwan to meeting The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Infrastructure, Cheney ouster on deck as Congress returns MORE and Defense Secretary Lloyd AustinLloyd Austin Statistics don't support removing commanders from military justice Will deterrence work, when our foes wage war disguised as peace? Overnight Defense: Former Navy secretary reportedly spent .4M on travel | Ex-Pentagon chief Miller to testify on Jan. 6 Capitol attack | Austin to deliver West Point commencement speech MORE will travel together to Japan and South Korea next week.