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Asharq Al-Awsat

Kishida: Biden Supports Japan Joining UN Security Council

The United Nations Security Council meets regarding the situation in Afghanistan at the United Nations in New York City, New York, US, August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday that US President Joe Biden supports Japan's bid to join a “reformed” UN Security Council.

If approved by the UN, Japan would join Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US as permanent members of the international body's security council.

Biden also gave his blessing for next year's Group of Seven summit to be held in Kishida's hometown of Hiroshima.

The comments came at a news conference after Biden and Kishida held face-to-face talks Monday in Tokyo.

Japan's desire to win a seat on the council is hardly a given, and comes amidst calls for reform of the Security Council.