Palestinian FM kicks off world tour in Japan

Palestinian Foreign Minister Ziad Abu Amr arrived Monday in Japan on the first leg of a tour of Asia and Europe aimed at resuming financial aid to his government, a Japanese official said.

Palestinian FM kicks off world tour in Japan
Palestinian Foreign Minister Ziad Abu Amr arrived Monday in Japan on the first leg of a tour of Asia and Europe aimed at resuming financial aid to his government, a Japanese official said.

Abu Amr will spend three days in Japan, a top financial supporter of the Middle East peace process, before heading to China, Russia and then eight European countries.

Abu Amr, an independent in the government, will meet with some 40 members of Japan’s parliament and hold talks Tuesday with Foreign Minister Taro Aso, the official said.

Japan also suspended direct aid but has kept a lower profile than its Western allies, saying it hopes to be seen as a neutral player in the Middle East.

Recent press reports, denied by officials here, have said Japan has already agreed in principle to resume aid to the Palestinian government.

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