World Politics

Australian PM to be first head of state to meet in person with new Japanese leader Suga

Key Points
  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would travel to Japan next week to meet Japan's new leader Yoshihide Suga.
  • Morrison will become the first world leader to meet in person with the Japanese prime minister.
  • Bilateral talks would focus on boosting trade and suppressing the spread of Covid-19, according to Morrison.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday he would travel to Japan next week, becoming the first world leader to meet in person with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

Morrison said bilateral talks would focus on boosting trade and suppressing the spread of Covid-19.

"I am honoured to be first foreign leader to visit Japan to meet the few Prime Minister, following his appointment," Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

After leaving Japan, Morrison will travel to Papua New Guinea for talks with Prime Minister James Marape.

Morrison said he would quarantine for two weeks on his return to Australia, and will participate in the country's parliament via a video link.