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Gates to visit Japan ahead of NATO meet

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates will travel to Japan and South Korea next week before attending a NATO gathering in Slovakia, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

world Updated: Oct 15, 2009 12:33 IST
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US Defence Secretary Robert Gates will travel to Japan and South Korea next week before attending a NATO gathering in Slovakia, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Gates will arrive in Japan to discuss regional security issues and the "ongoing transformation" of the US-Japanese alliance, spokesman Geoff Morrell said. Gates will affirm the US commitment to South Korea defence during the visit to Seoul, Morrell said.

At the meeting of NATO defence ministers in Bratislava Oct 23, the discussion will largely focus on the war in Afghanistan, Morrell said.