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Koizumi, Bush to hold talks on sidelines of APEC summit; reports
Updated: 2004-11-08 21:57

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and US President George W. Bush agreed to hold talks in Chile on the sidelines of this month's APEC summit, news reports said.

The two leaders were holding their first telephone conversation since Bush was re-elected last week, Kyodo News said.

They will meet on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, to be held this year on November 20 and 21 in Santiago.

Koizumi congratulated Bush on his election victory, Kyodo said.

The Japanese premier, a close ally of the president, was among the first world leaders to voice support for the US-led attack on Iraq. He has sent 550 troops to the country, Japan's first deployment since World War II to a war zone.

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