Japan considers hosting Pakistan aid conference

Japan aims to host the talks as early as the end of March, the Nikkei said, without citing sources.

Japan considers hosting Pakistan aid conference
Japan is considering offering to host an international conference on aid to Pakistan, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

The possible proposal comes as Prime Minister Taro Aso, his domestic support rates tumbling, seeks to build firm ties with President Barack Obama as the U.S. leader looks for ways to deal Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan.

Japan is considering inviting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as ministers from more than 10 countries and institutions including Britain, China, Saudi Arabia and the United Nations, the Nikkei business daily reported, adding that participants would discuss "measures to combat so-called terrorism" and develop northwest Pakistan, which borders Afghanistan.

Japan aims to host the talks as early as the end of March, the Nikkei said, without citing sources.

In November, Pakistan got an emergency $7.6 billion International Monetary Fund loan to stave off a balance of payments crisis.

Reuters
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