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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida plans to join NATO summit in Spain: report


Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida plans to attend a summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) leaders, Reuters news agency reported citing sources familiar with the matter.

The summit is scheduled for late June in Spain and if he attends it will make him the first Japanese leader to attend a NATO summit, a gathering of the Western alliance.

Kishida’s attendance at the June 29-30 event in Madrid depends on the domestic political situation leading up to a House of Councilors election likely to be held on July 10, the sources said.

A Kyodo News report mentioned, citing sources, that the scenario of Kishida’s participation in the event in Madrid depends on the House of Councilors election, which is expected to take place on July 10. The NATO summit will be held from June 29 to 30.

Kishida’s decision on the summit will be finalized after the settlement of the country’s domestic political situation. However, the Japan-based news agency reported that a government spokesperson said officials would not be able to comment on the matter.

Meanwhile, NATO has invited Japan to the summit, as well as Australia, New Zealand and South Korea as partners in the Asia-Pacific region.

The sources, who asked not to be named, told Reuters that Kishida planned to arrive in Madrid after attending a meeting of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations in Germany.

Amid the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, Kishida’s presence at the summit would be seen as a strong message of international solidarity during the crisis, Kyodo’s sources noted.

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