Canada, Japan seek closer ties

Ottowa, Feb 13 (IANS) Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida agreed to work to boost ties between their two countries.

Kishida arrived on Friday for an official visit, the first by a Japanese foreign minister since 1996. His visit is seen to make preparations for the upcoming G7 summit, which is to be held in Japan in May, Xinhua reported.

They underlined their common interest in cooperation at multilateral and regional forums, including the UN, the G7, the G20 and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

The leaders strongly condemned the nuclear test conducted by North Korea on January 6 and its February 7 launch of a rocket.

They urged Pyongyang to refrain from any further provocation and to comply with all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the 2005 Six-Party Talks joint statement.

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