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Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori proposed Sunday in a meeting with Mongolian Prime Minister Miyeegombyn Enkhbold that Mongolia’s temporary visa-waiver for Japanese tourists be made permanent, officials traveling with Mori said.

Mori was quoted as telling Enkhbold, “The two countries have relations of friendship and affection, and a framework for a permanent visa-waiver should be considered.”

Enkhbold responded positively, saying, “We hope to do so, and that will further deepen exchanges.”

Mongolia has waived visas for Japanese short-term visitors starting April 1 until through Dec. 31 to mark the 800th anniversary of the birth of the Mongol empire this year.

Mori and Enkhbold also agreed to further strengthen overall bilateral relations.

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