Thursday, February 13, 2014

Suga: Japan to strengthen ties with US at summit

Japan's top government spokesman says the country aims to strengthen ties with the United States in a bilateral summit in April.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga made the remark to reporters on Thursday, one day after the White House announced President Barack Obama's 4-nation tour of Asia.

Suga said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will exchange opinions on a broad range of issues with President Obama to further enhance the Japan-US relationship.

He listed bilateral cooperation in security and the Trans-Pacific Partnership as well as global and regional issues such as the North Korean situation and the freedom of the seas.
The White House said on Wednesday that Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in late April to increase US diplomatic, economic and security engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.

Suga said the US government has not informed Japan of any specific itinerary for Obama's trip.

He said Japan has invited the president as a state guest and the government will make solid preparations to ensure that the visit is a success.