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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed Tuesday to work closely in defending the international order following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Kishida told Erdogan during their roughly 25-minute phone talks that he highly appreciates Turkey's consistent stance of protecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as Ankara has been stepping up mediation efforts over the war, the Foreign Ministry said.

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