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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 BidenBiden taps California workplace safety leader to head up OSHA Romney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS US mulling cash payments to help curb migration 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.

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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 PsakiMcConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS Five takeaways from Biden's first budget proposal Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists 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.

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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 BlinkenGOP lawmakers block Biden assistance to Palestinians Biden loves the Georgia boycott — So why won't he boycott the Beijing Olympic games? The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings MORE and Defense Secretary Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinOvernight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists The paradox of US-India relations Pentagon chief to visit Europe, Israel amid tensions with Russia, Iran MORE will travel together to Japan and South Korea next week.