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'Japan PM to be first foreign leader to visit Obama'

world Updated: Feb 17, 2009 10:41 IST

US President Barack Obama will meet Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso in Washington next week, on February 24, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during a visit to Tokyo on Tuesday.

"This will be the first foreign leader visit that President Obama will be receiving at the White House," said Clinton.

Japan's Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone said that "Prime Minister Aso gratefully accepts the offer."

Clinton said on Monday that "the bilateral relationship between the United States and Japan is a cornerstone in our efforts around the world," and that both countries needed to work together to address the global financial crisis.

Nakasone, speaking on the economic crisis at a joint press conference with Clinton on Tuesday, said that the Aso-Obama meeting "is a great chance for the world's biggest and second biggest economies to jointly tackle the issue."