Japan to offer direct aid to Palestinian president

Japan has agreed to offer direct aid to the Palestinian Authority, but will send it to president Mahmud Abbas, an official said Tuesday.

Japan to offer direct aid to Palestinian president
Japan has agreed to offer direct aid to the Palestinian Authority, but will send it to president Mahmud Abbas, an official said Tuesday.

The agreement was made in a meeting with Palestinian foreign minister Ziad Abu Amr, who is on the start of a worldwide tour to drum up support for the embattled Palestinian Authority.

Foreign Minister Taro Aso in his meeting "will offer fresh direct aid to the president's office, which has been continuing but at very small levels," said an official at the foreign ministry's Middle East division.

"Japan has been giving direct aid to the Palestinian government as it has Hamas cabinet members, in line with the stances of the United States and the European Union," he said on customary condition of anonymity.

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