Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto told visiting Indonesian Vice President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie on March 19 that he hopes Indonesia will take a flexible attitude toward important economic reform negotiations now under way with the International Monetary Fund, Foreign Ministry officials said.

Hashimoto told Habibie that so far, he is satisfied with Indonesia’s flexibility toward the negotiations and said that they should be concluded promptly, the officials said.

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