PM Shinzo Abe Visiting Washington

A White House announcement on Friday indicated that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe will be visiting the White House coming on April 26-27. It is reported that North Korea is said to be at the top of the agenda. This event is a prelude to being “the country’s first state [guest] following the enthronement of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito on May 1, 2019,” and in the run-up to when Trump is expected to return to Japan in June for the G20 summit being held in Osaka.

Pyongyang has once again started to come under Washington’s eye as a potential threat to the pursuant policy of an open and free Indo-Pacific region.

In that context, President Trump and Abe will discuss developments regarding, as well as explore ways to “advance their shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region”.

The White House said in a statement “The meeting between President Trump and Prime Minister Abe will reaffirm the United States-Japan alliance as the cornerstone of peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world”.

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