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TRIESTE, Italy (Kyodo) Prime Minister Taro Aso will meet with Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican City on July 7, sources said Wednesday.

The first meeting since 1999 between a pope and a Japanese prime minister will take place as Aso, a Catholic, has been hoping to meet the pope when he attends the Group of Eight summit to be held in Italy from July 8, said the sources in Rome.

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