Japanese PM to attend Global Peace Summit in Switzerland

Fumio Kishida
Fumio Kishida

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will take part in the Global Peace Summit in Switzerland to discuss a peace plan for Ukraine, Secretary General of the Japanese Cabinet of Ministers Yoshimasa Hayashi said, Japanese outlet Goo reported on June 6.

Hayashi stated that the peace summit is very important, describing it as a meeting to demonstrate international support for Ukraine's efforts.

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June 2024 Peace Summit in Switzerland

Leaders from around the world will meet at the Global Peace Summit in Switzerland from June 15-16, though Russia will not attend.

Ukraine hasn't ruled out Russian participation in future Global Peace Summits but did not extend an invitation to the inaugural event, Presidential Office head Andriy Yermak said.

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The peace process is "unthinkable" without Russia, the Swiss Foreign Ministry stated.

Ukrainian intelligence has reliable information that Russia wants to disrupt the peace summit, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on April 24.

China is also trying to disrupt the Global Peace Summit, working to prevent other countries from participating, he added.

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and other international leaders are expected to attend the summit.

The White House will attend the Global Peace Summit, though U.S. President Joe Biden's participation has yet to be confirmed. Zelenskyy said he would personally like to see Biden at the summit, as his absence would only encourage Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

Reuters reported on May 31 that China had refused to participate in the peace summit in Switzerland.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on June 2 that the United States has confirmed its participation in the High-Level Peace Summit, but it is not yet known whether Joe Biden will attend.

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