In the first foreign-ministerial meeting since former Russian President Boris Yeltsin resigned on New Year’s Eve, Japan and Russia confirmed Friday that they will continue to cooperate on a foreign policy course to advance peace treaty negotiations, a Foreign Ministry official said.

During talks Friday in Tokyo, Foreign Minister Yohei Kono and his Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov pledged to observe a series of previous agreements reached by the two countries’ leaders to advance such negotiations.

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