Obama to meet Japan's new prime minister

September 18, 2009 10:38:15 AM PDT
President Barack Obama will meet Japan's new leader for the first time at the United Nations next week. U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said that Obama will meet Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Wednesday. The visit will come on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Obama has two other individual meetings scheduled, on Tuesday with Chinese President Hu Jintao and on Wednesday with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. It remains unclear whether Obama will meet jointly with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as has been speculated. Rice and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said they had no details to offer.

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