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Japanese PM reaches Ukraine, likely to pledge support for reconstruction

Kishida arrived in Kyiv after boarding a train in the Polish border

Japan PM Fumio Kishida Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reached Kyiv on Tuesday and he would be holding talks with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. 

“Kishida will voice support and solidarity with Ukraine following the invasion by Russian forces more than a year ago, a statement from the foreign ministry said.

Reuters quoting the statement reported Japanese PM will convey "his respect for the courage and perseverance of the Ukrainian people standing up to defend their homeland," it said. Japan will be hosting a G7 summit in Hiroshima in May, and Kishida urged that the summit should demonstrate a strong will to uphold international order and rule of law in response to the Ukraine war.

Kishida arrived in Kyiv after boarding a train in the Polish border town of Przemysl, Reuters reported. According to reports, Kishida will also be meeting with his Polish counterpart during the trip. 

Kishida visited India on Monday where he met his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, NHK reported.

NHK reported that the Japanese PM will seek international unity by imposing tough sanctions against Russia. The prime minister is also likely to pledge to continue providing maximum support to Ukraine, focusing on reconstruction and humanitarian assistance, the Japanese publication reported.

Kishida's visit comes in the backdrop of a phone call between the two leaders in January. Zelenskyy invited Kishida to visit Ukraine and the Japanese government had been considering a visit, possibly before the G7 Summit in Hiroshima. 

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