Biden canceled planned visits to Australia and Papua New Guinea to focus on debt ceiling negotiations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday he will cut short his upcoming Indo-Pacific trip with a historic stop in Papua New Guinea and a visit to Australia to meet leaders of the so-called quartet of partners. The ties have allowed him to focus on debt-ceiling negotiations in Washington.

The cancellation is a foreign policy setback for a government that has increasingly focused on the Pacific region as a center of its global influence.

Biden said he still plans to travel to Hiroshima, Japan, on Wednesday for a Group of Seven summit with leaders of some of the world's largest             economies. He will return to the United States on Sunday.

"I will be postponing the Australian portion of my trip and my Biden said he spoke to Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese earlier Tuesday to let him know he was postponing his visit to Australia and to invite him to Washington for an official state visit, a date to be determined. White House officials briefed Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape of the news.

"Revitalizing and revitalizing our alliances and cultivating partnerships like the Quartet remain a top priority for the President," Karine Jean-Pierre said. "It is critical to our ability to advance our foreign policy goals and better contribute to global stability and prosperity." Important. We look forward to finding more ways to work with Australia, the Quartet, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Islands Forum leaders in the coming year."

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