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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga departed on a four-day visit to Vietnam and Indonesia on Sunday afternoon, his first overseas trip since taking office, as he looks to bolster ties with the Southeast Asian countries.

In separate meetings with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Suga is expected to promote efforts to achieve a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” as well as discuss economic cooperation amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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