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U.N. chief Antonio Guterres to visit Japan next week for TICAD Africa conference

Kyodo

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will visit Japan next week to attend a government-organized development conference and meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other officials, his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday.

Following his arrival in Tokyo on Tuesday, Guterres is scheduled to participate in the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Yokohama.

The U.N. chief is also expected to hold talks with Foreign Minister Taro Kono during his stay in Japan, the spokesman said.

The Japan visit is part of a trip that begins Friday, when Guterres will fly to France to attend the Group of Seven summit. He will also visit the Democratic Republic of Congo before returning to New York on Sept. 3.