Japan PM pledges $2.5 billion in Middle East aid

January 17, 2015 11:36 AM

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Cairo — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Saturday $2.5 billion in humanitarian and development aid for the Middle East as he launched a regional tour that includes visits to Jordan and Israel.

In a speech in Cairo, Abe pledged $200 million in non-military assistance for countries affected by the militant group’s bloody expansion in Iraq and Syria, which spurred an exodus of refugees to neighbouring countries.

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