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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit New York for five days starting next Monday to attend the U.N. General Assembly, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday.

Abe is scheduled to speak during general debate at the assembly’s 69th session and at the U.N. climate summit, and to hold meetings with other world leaders, Suga said.

Abe’s attendance at the General Assembly will be “a great opportunity for him to share Japan’s visions and stances toward issues facing the international community and to deepen trust with other leaders,” Suga said.

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will also go to New York on Sunday to discuss issues such as climate change and the war against terrorism at U.N. General Assembly meetings, he told reporters.

Asked if there will be any contact with his North Korean counterpart during the trip, Kishida said, “Nothing has been decided.”

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong plans to attend the General Assembly meetings in what would be the first visit to the United States by a North Korean foreign minister in 15 years, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported at the end of August.

Tokyo is waiting for the first report by Pyongyang on its new round of investigations into Japanese abductees, following an agreement in late May. The abduction issue has prevented the two countries from establishing diplomatic ties.

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