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KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Japan's foreign minister has met Nepal's top officials in Katmandu and agreed to give the Himalayan nation money to develop food production.

Koichiro Gemba met Nepal's President Rambaran Yadav, Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai and Foreign Minister Narayankaji Shrestha on Sunday before leaving for the Indian capital, New Delhi.

Japanese officials signed an agreement to provide Nepal with 250 million yen ($3 million) that will be used to buy fertilizers to boost food production and computer equipment for the country's election commission.

Japan is one of Nepal's largest donor nations.

Foreign Minister Shrestha said his Japanese counterpart was positive about a request for help to build hydropower plants and highways, but gave no details.

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