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Prince, Princess to visit Mongolia

Prince Akishino and his wife, Princess Kiko, will make an official visit to Mongolia from June 28 to July 7, the government announced Friday.

Government officials said their trip to Mongolia, the first by any member of the Imperial family, was approved at a Cabinet meeting.

The Imperial Household Agency said the primary purpose of their trip is to attend the June 29 opening of a Japanese-Mongolian friendship and cultural festival.

The couple will arrive in Ulan Bator via Kansai airport. After attending the opening of the cultural festival, they will pay a courtesy call on Mongolian President Natsagiin Bagabandi before attending a banquet hosted by the president.

During their stay, the agency officials said, Prince Akishino and his wife will also visit the country’s Gobi Desert, a national tuberculosis center and an orphanage.