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Japan and Mongolia agreed Thursday to hold working-level talks to study whether the two countries should conclude a bilateral free-trade accord, the Foreign Ministry said.

The decision was reached in Tokyo between Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and his Mongolian counterpart, Gombojavyn Zandanshatar, who said he intended to seek an FTA. Zandanshatar is visiting Japan for the first time since becoming minister of foreign affairs and trade in November.

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