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Japan to continue support for Palestinian state

July 25, 2010 6:38 P.M. (Updated: July 26, 2010 3:01 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Prime Minister Salam Fayyad met with the Japanese special envoy to the Middle East in Ramallah on Sunday to discuss Japan’s support for Palestinian state-building.

The meeting followed up from President Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to Tokyo in February for the Japanese-Palestinian summit, a joint statement said.

Both parties restated the importance of building state institutions, and Japan promised further contributions towards Fayyad’s Palestinian National Plan 2011-2013. Japan has disbursed $150 million to the Palestinian Authority.

Japan will continue to cooperate with the PA in capacity-building initiatives, to develop economic and environmental sustainability, and to encourage relations between businesses in both countries.

The Japanese ambassador invited Palestinian officials and businessmen to participate in the Japan-Arab Economic Forum to be held in Tunis in December, and said he would promote cooperation with Palestinian state-building initiatives among East Asian countries.

Japanese-funded projects in Gaza have been suspended by Israel’s siege on the coastal enclave, but the statement said the governments will coordinate to resume the projects as soon as possible.

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