France's Sarkozy to visit crisis-hit Japan on Thursday

29th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to meet Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan during a solidarity visit to the crisis-hit nation on Thursday following a scheduled trip to China, his office said.

Sarkozy, who earlier this month mooted a trip to Japan as a show of solidarity in the name of the G8 and G20 blocs he heads, is due in China on Wednesday and Thursday, after which he will travel to Japan.

He will hold talks with Kan and meet the French community living in Japan, his office said in a statement on Tuesday.

Sarkozy is to travel to Nanking, China, for a conference on reforming the world monetary system, a priority of his time this year at the head of the G8 and G20 groups of powers.

He said on March 17 that "if the opportunity presented itself and if the Japanese authorities agreed, it goes without saying that during my Asia tour, I would go there to show our solidarity."

© 2011 AFP

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