Spain and Japan have agreed to hold an annual summit in a bid to strengthen their political dialogue, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar Lopez said Friday.

The agreement was reached at a meeting between Aznar and Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto on Thursday, the Spanish prime minister told a press conference at the Japan National Press Club on Friday. The two leaders also agreed to strengthen dialogue at the ministerial level and between senior government officials, Aznar said.

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