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Prime Minister Visits Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan)
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Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi arrived in Tashkent, the capital of the Republic of Uzbekistan, past noon on August 29 (Japan time: afternoon of the same day), from Astana, the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Prime Minister Koizumi attended the welcome ceremony held at the guest house in Durmon residence, and thereafter held talks with Mr. Islam Karimov, the President of Uzbekistan.
At the meeting, the two leaders agreed to enhance cooperation in a wide range of areas, including economic assistance, development of uranium mines, environmental issues, and countermeasures for international terrorism. Concerning reform of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, President Karimov expressed his support for Japan's bid to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
Following the meeting, Prime Minister Koizumi attended a signing ceremony, a joint press conference, and a dinner hosted by President Karimov.
On the morning of August 29 (Japan time: afternoon of the same day), Prime Minister Koizumi observed the Navoi Theater in the city of Tashkent. The theater was built by Japanese detainees under forced labor conditions who had been transferred from Siberia after the end of the Second World War. Prime Minister Koizumi thereafter offered flowers at the memorial for the Japanese dead and the memorial for the Japanese detainees, built to honor those Japanese who lost their lives in this land after serving as forced laborers.
In the afternoon (Japan time: night of the same day), Prime Minister Koizumi visited Samarkand, the capital of the Timur Empire in the medieval times and an oasis city of the Silk Road. There he observed the Guri Amir Mausoleum which enshrined tombs of the Timur clan, the Registan Square which was surrounded by three madrassas (religious schools), and other historic sites of the city that once enjoyed its days of glory.
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