Japan pledges $2.5B to fight terrorism in Middle East
Prime Minister Mahlab (2nd R) welcomes Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (3rd L) as they attend a conference on business and investment during Abe's visit to Cairo January 17, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

CAIRO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Saturday that his country will provide the Middle East with $ 2.2 billion in non-military and humanitarian aid to combat the terrorism, Youm7 reported.

“The Government of Japan will carry out assistance of 2.5 billion U.S. dollars in non-military fields including humanitarian assistance and infrastructure development, intended for the entire region,” Abe said in a news conference held Saturday at the Japanese-Egyptian Business Council in Cairo with his Egyptian counterpart Ibrahim Mahlab.

“Based exactly on those thoughts, my government pledged two years ago assistance of 2.2 billion U.S. dollars towards the entire region of the Middle East. The entirety of that has already been put into execution. It is with tremendous pleasure I am reporting this to you here today,” he said.

He also praised Egypt’s “big efforts” in bringing the stability to the Middle East.

Abe noted that he would announce during his scheduled visits to Palestine and Oman further Japanese humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugees, besides providing $ 200 million in aid to neighboring countries to fight terrorism from the Islamic State (IS) group.

Abe announced also during his two-day visit in Cairo that his country will provide Egypt $360 million in loans to support electricity networks.

“We will assist in the expansion of Borg El-Arab International Airport, which is close and convenient to E-Just (Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology), Abe continued.

After the news conference, Abe and his Egyptian counterpart Ibrahim Mahlab met with the Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

After a meeting between both prime ministers Friday, Mahlab expressed Egypt’s appreciation of Japanese development projects in the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology in Cairo and the Grand Egyptian Museum, Cabinet spokesperson Houssam Qawish stated.

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