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PM's visit to Japan put off

Posted on Nov 14, 05:46PM | UNI

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Tokyo for the annual India-Japan Summit that was to begin tomorrow has been deferred following announcement of elections in that country.

"There were some domestic developments in the last few hours, because of which the Prime Minister's visit has been postponed," Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said here today.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda today announced he would dissolve the lower house of Parliament on Friday for snap polls next month, media reports from Tokyo said.

Mr Akbaruddin said the Summit would be rescheduled at a mutually convenient date to be fixed through diplomatic channels.

The Prime Minister was to leave for Tokyo tomorrow. He was to go to Phnom Penh from there for taking part in the 10th ASEAN and 7th East Asia Summits from November 18 to 20.

Now, he would go straight to Cambodia.