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Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 7, 2007
Question Taken at the February 7, 2007 Press Briefing

Japan -- Foreign Minister Aso's Comment on Iraq

Question: Any response to the Japanese Foreign Minister's comments the other day about U.S. Iraq policy and has there been any communication with the Japanese Government either before his comments or after his comments?

Answer: We consider Japan to be a strong and close partner in the War on Terror, and the United States very much appreciates Japan's support for coalition efforts in Iraq. We note that Foreign Minister Aso has pledged that Japan would continue to closely consult and cooperate with the United States regarding Iraq. We maintain constant and close communications with the Government of Japan on a wide range of issues, but we do not comment on the specific content of private diplomatic conversations.

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Released on February 7, 2007

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