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Hungarian Foreign Minister Laszlo Kovacs expressed support April 21 of Japan’s bid for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, Foreign Ministry officials said.

Kovacs met with his Japanese counterpart, Yukihiko Ikeda, and said Hungary considers Japan a major international player and hopes to promote cooperative relations at various international institutions and in a wide range of regional issues, ministry officials said. Ikeda welcomed Hungary’s backing of Japan’s bid for a permanent council seat, they said.

Kovacs also called for further economic cooperation from Japan, the officials said, noting Ikeda said Tokyo will continue to assist Hungary’s efforts to promote economic reform.

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