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Prime Minister Meets with President
of the Republic of Chile

Friday, February 14, 2003

Prime Minister Koizumi and Chilean President Ricardo Lagos Escobar Japan-Chile Summit Meeting Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi met with President Ricardo Lagos Escobar of the Republic of Chile at the Prime Minister's Official Residence.

During the meeting, the leaders agreed on the establishment of Bilateral Economic Consultations to provide a forum for discussions on wide ranging areas that will contribute to strengthening economic relations between Japan and Chile. Moreover, Prime Minister Koizumi expressed his intention to provide cooperation to the Center of Investigation and Application of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) in Valparaiso as a means of cooperation in the IT sector, an area that Chile is making concentrated efforts in.

Furthermore, the leaders exchanged views on a wide range of areas, including the issue of Iraq, the North Korean issue and on ways to promote trade and investment.

Following the meeting, the leaders attended a signing ceremony for intergovernmental documents related to maintaining the "Japan-Chile Partnership Programme."

In the evening Prime Minister Koizumi hosted a dinner in honor of President Lagos in the Prime Minister's Official Residence.