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Japan plans to send a team of experts to Mongolia in October to study ways to help it recover from last winter’s heavy falls of snow, Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

The plan was announced during talks between Foreign Minister Yohei Kono and his visiting Mongolian counterpart, Lubsangiin Erdenechuluun, a ministry official said.

Mongolia was devastated by its coldest conditions in 30 years last winter, with about 10 percent of its livestock dying from the cold and serious damage caused to farmers’ crops.

The mission, to be sent from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, will study ways to help farmers and prevent damage from heavy snow in the future, Kono was quoted as saying.

Erdenechuluun, who took office last month as part of Mongolia’s new government, said new Mongolian Prime Minister Nambaryn Enkhbayar is planning to choose Japan as the first foreign country he will visit.

Enkhbayar is likely to visit next year, the official said.

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