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Panama to support Japan's efforts for U.N. reform.

TOKYO, Aug. 22 Kyodo

Panama on Tuesday offered support for Japan's efforts to realize U.N. reforms when the world body holds the Millennium Summit early next month, a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said.

Panamanian Foreign Minister Jose Miguel Aleman made the comment during a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Yohei Kono, the official told reporters.

The two ministers reaffirmed the importance of bilateral ties, with Kono calling the Panama Canal essential for Japan as the world's second most frequent user and Aleman praising Tokyo's role in helping developing nations especially in Asia, the official said.

Aleman expressed his appreciation for Japan's economic cooperation and asked for further help in preserving the environment, the official said.

Kono and Aleman exchanged a diplomatic note on Japan's extending up to 48.5 million yen in grants for Panama to purchase audiovisual equipment for the Interoceanic Canal Museum.

Aleman arrived in Japan on Sunday for a six-day visit.
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