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Japan bets on Middle East peace

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas left Tokyo on Tuesday after a high-profile three-day visit during which Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi pledged US$100 million in new aid to the Palestinians. This is a significant donation given that Japan is already one of the biggest financial backers of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and indicates Tokyo’s determination to play a significant role in the Middle East peace process. Koizumi also announced an offer to host a three-way summit involving the Palestinian president and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, as well as his intention to visit the Palestinian Territories in the near future. Full Story

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