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Japan to resume direct aid to 'Fayyad gov't'

Japan will resume direct aid to the Abbas-backed Palestinian government, after shunning its Hamas-led predecessor for more than a year, a top Japanese envoy announced on Monday.

Japan to resume direct aid to 'Fayyad gov't'
Japan will resume direct aid to the Abbas-backed Palestinian government, after shunning its Hamas-led predecessor for more than a year, a top Japanese envoy announced on Monday.

Deputy Ambassador Kuninori Matsuda said the $20-million ((Ð15 million) Japanese aid package will be dispersed in eight payments to support the Palestinian government and provide humanitarian relief to the residents of the Gaza Strip.

Japan did not provide direct aid to the Palestinians since the Islamic Hamas group came to power in March 2006.

Japan's foreign minister, Taro Aso, will inform the Palestinians of the aid package directly, when he meets Wednesday in the West Bank town of Jericho with his Palestinian, Israeli and Jordanian counterparts.

Matsuda said Wednesday's meeting will also focus on the Japan's corridor for peace and prosperity."

The construction of the agroindustrial park was agreed upon in March by Israel, the Palestinians, Jordan and Japan at a confidence-building conference in Tokyo.


AP
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