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Senior Vice Foreign Minister Seiken Sugiura departed Tuesday for Pakistan to deliver a letter from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf asking him to cooperate in the fight against terrorism.

During his four-day stay in Pakistan, Sugiura is scheduled to meet with government officials to voice Japan’s support for the country’s response to the U.S. request that it cooperate in combating terrorism, Japanese government officials said.

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