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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hosted on Wednesday an “iftar” dinner party, inviting ambassadors and diplomats from around 40 Muslim countries to the prime minister’s office in Tokyo with the aim of deepening mutual understanding.

In opening remarks at the dinner, Abe expressed a desire to visit more Muslim nations soon, saying his recent trips to the Middle East and Southeast Asia made him realize “the unbroken bond that has been nurtured over a long period of time” between Japan and the Muslim world.

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