Japan Disburses IDR 592 Billion in Aid for the Palestinian People. PHOTOS/Reuters
GAZA – Government Japan announced new assistance of USD39 million (Rp592 billion) to the people Palestine through international organizations and USD 760,000 through Japanese NGOs.
As reported by Arab News, the aid package includes assistance for Palestinian refugees through UNRWA; access to markets and trading opportunities; industrial efforts such as fishing and agriculture for the most vulnerable communities.
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Assistance is also provided through UNDP; assistance to health systems; and humanitarian aid including food in the Gaza Strip, through WFP and the Japan Platform.
Japan has provided assistance to the ministries of the Palestinian Authority since 1993 with bilateral assistance both financially and technically, in their preparation for becoming a state in line with the Palestinian National Development Plan.
Japan is also providing assistance through UN agencies as well as local NGOs and councils. With the new aid, Japan’s total aid to the Palestinian people exceeds approximately USD 2.3 billion.
Earlier this week, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed his concern to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the escalating tensions between Israel and Palestine and the unilateral actions taken by both sides.
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Kishida spoke by telephone with Netanyahu for approximately 15 minutes on Monday (13/2/2023) evening and stated that he wanted to continue developing bilateral relations in various fields, including economics and technology. The two countries celebrated the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations last year.
In response, Netanyahu expressed his hope for strengthening cooperation and further development of bilateral relations.
According to the Japanese Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, the two also exchanged views on matters such as the situation in Ukraine and the situation in East Asia, and shared the view that they would like to work together to help stabilize the region.
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