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Third Day of the G8 Summit
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On the morning of July 17 (Japan time: afternoon of the same day), Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi attended a meeting with the leaders of invited countries including China, India, and Brazil, as well as the heads of international organizations including Mr. Pascal Lamy, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). At the meeting, concerning the new round of multilateral trade negotiations (WTO Doha Round), participants agreed that both developed and developing nations should endeavor to reach the framework agreement by the middle of August.
The meeting was followed by a working lunch, and then a session of group photographs.
In the afternoon (Japan time: night of the same day), Mr. Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, who chaired the G8 Summit wrapped up the summit by holding a press conference to announce the Chair's Summary that encompasses issues like energy security, infectious diseases, and North Korean and Middle East issues.
Thereafter Prime Minister Koizumi, having held talks with Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, attended a press conference and said, "At the latest G8 Summit, I strongly felt through meetings with the leaders of various countries on different issues that diplomacy is directly linked to domestic policies and that Japan, as one of the major countries, must continuously make the utmost efforts for the development of the international community."