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    The Japanese Foreign Minister, Mr. Sunao Sonoda, arrived in Budapest on Saturday (11 November) for?

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    The Japanese Foreign Minister, Mr. Sunao Sonoda, arrived in Budapest on Saturday (11 November) for his visit to and East European country. It is expected that, during his talks with government leaders, Mr. Sonoda would explain his country's attitude towards the peace and friendship treaty it recently signed with China.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr Sonoda flew into Budapest from London after a round of talks with the British Government on Japan's trade surplus. At the airport, he was greeted by the Japanese Ambassador, and by the Hungarian Foreign Minister, Mr Frigyes Puja. According to Reuter's news agency, Mr Sonoda is expected to stress that Japan's link with china was not aimed against the Soviet Union, and that Japan wants friendly ties with all countries. Travelling with Mr Sonoda is a large delegation, underlying the importance Japan places on this visit. Along with Japan's international relations, trade with Eastern Europe will be a major topic.

    Shortly after he arrived, Mr Sonoda spoke to newsmen about his hopes for the visit. He said his talks with Mr Puja would centre on bilateral relations and economic co-operation. A Japanese trade delegation visited Hungary last March, and in July, a Japanese electronics firm sold equipment worth one and a half million dollars to a chemical factory near Budapest. That contract stipulated that part of the payment be made in Hungarian goods. Mr Sonoda was due to leave Budapest on Monday (13 November) for an official visit to Czechoslovakia. He and his delegation will return to Tokyo at the end of the week.

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