Obama to host Japan’s Abe for state visit in April: White House

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Barack Obama will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House for a state visit next month as part of Abe’s eight-day visit to the United States, officials said on Monday.

Abe will go to the White House on April 28 for meetings with Obama on a range of economic and security issues as well as a formal state dinner, the White House said in a statement.

Obama and Abe will discuss a number of global topics,”including progress on the Trans Pacific Partnership, Japan’s expanding role in the alliance and climate change,” it added, referring to a 12-nation trade pact still to be finalized.

The visit also signals another step in the Obama administration’s efforts to focus policies on the Asia Pacific region.

Source: APP