Japan PM Kishida planning to attend Ukraine peace conference in Switzerland

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio is planning to attend an international conference in Switzerland next month to discuss a peace process for Ukraine, according to government sources.

Kishida is expected to pledge Japan's continued support for Ukraine and confirm the unity of countries hoping to realize peace.

The Swiss government announced earlier this month that it will hold the Summit on Peace in Ukraine at the Burgenstock resort on June 15 and 16, amid Russia's prolonged invasion of Ukraine.

It said attendees will discuss a peace plan advocated by Ukraine and other proposals. Kyiv has put forward a 10-point peace formula that includes the withdrawal of Russian troops and the restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity.

The Swiss government said it had invited more than 160 delegations from around the world.

Japanese government sources say Kishida is planning to visit the Burgenstock resort in response to the invitation.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hayashi Yoshimasa said on Thursday that the conference is important for the international community to show its support for Ukraine's efforts toward fair and lasting peace.

At the meeting, Kishida is expected to stress Japan's unwavering commitments to aiding Ukraine and maintaining sanctions against Russia.

Prior to his visit to Switzerland, Kishida is planning to attend the Group of Seven summit slated to open in Italy on June 13.