Japan pledges $200m in aid to Palestine

March 01, 2014 - 12:21:17 pm

TOKYO: Japan has pledged to cooperate with other Asian nations in bringing about peace in the Middle East.

It also committed roughly 200 million dollars in aid to Palestine.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida made the announcement in his opening speech at an international conference in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, on Saturday.

Delegates from Asian nations gathered to discuss economic support for Palestine.

It was the second meeting of its kind.

Kishida, a co-chair of the conference, said he wants to bring together Asia's powers to achieve peace in the Middle East, Japan's (NHK World) newswire reported.

The minister said Asia's growth comes from personnel training and private-sector development.

He said the experiences will definitely contribute to Palestine's nation-building.

Kishida unveiled Japan's continued financial support to help Palestine improve its refugee situation and infrastructure.

He went on to disclose Japan's plan to send experts to help Palestine open a produce processing factory.

He added Japan will work with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand to back Palestine's personnel training in such fields as finance and disaster preparedness. (QNA)