Abe pledges US$2.5bn in Mideast aid

January 17, 2015 4:04 PM

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday pledged US$2.5 billion in humanitarian and developmental aid for the Middle East as he launched a regional tour that is to include visits to Jordan and Israel.

In a speech in Cairo, Abe pledged US$200 million in non-military assistance for nations affected by the bloody expansion in Iraq and Syria by the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has spurred an exodus of cross-border refugees.

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