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Japan reaffirms commitment to solidarity with Palestine

Aug. 31, 2018 3:09 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 2, 2018 12:30 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received the Japanese envoy to the Middle East, Masaharu Kono, on Thursday evening at the presidential headquarters in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

During the meeting, Abbas briefed Kono on the latest developments in the Palestinian territories.

Abbas discussed the strength of the bilateral relations between the two countries, pointing out to the important visit of the Japanese Prime Minister to Palestine in the beginning of this year.

He stressed on the importance of the Corridor for Peace and Prosperity Initiative, promoted by Japan in the Jordan Valley, calling on Palestinian and Japanese companies to invest in the project to promote the relations between the people of Palestine and Japan.

Abbas also thanked the Japan government and its people for their continuous political support of the Palestinian people in all international forums, as well as their economic support, referring to the emergency assistance Japan provided to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), in the amount of $5.4 million.

Kono conveyed Japan's greetings to Abbas, and reaffirmed Japan's commitment to solidarity with the Palestinian people and continued economic support to support the economy and ease Palestinians' suffering.

Kono also stressed Japan's desire to continue to play an important role in supporting peace efforts in the Middle East.

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