TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday he expects to invite President Joe Biden to the Tokyo olympics when he visits the US next month.
Suga is expected to visit the white house on April 9. On being asked by a lawmaker in parliament if PM would invite Biden, Suga replied “Of course, I expect we will.”
The Tokyo olympics are scheduled to begin from July 23. They were postponed a year ago because of the Covid pandemic. Officials said a few days ago that fans from abroad will not be allowed to attend.
The olympics and paralympics will involve 15,400 athletes, and tens of thousands of officials, judges, VIPs, dignitaries, media and broadcasters.
Suga is expected to be the first foreign leader that Biden meets with personally since he took office in January.
The PM and all 80-90 accompanying staff will receive two doses of Covid vaccine before the trip, officials have said. Biden and all the white house staff they will meet have already been vaccinated.
News Source: The Times Of India