Japan pledges 1.5 billion dollars to solve conflict, refugee crisis

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Japan will provide more than 1.5 billion dollars to help Syrian and Iraqi refugees and assist peace-building efforts in the Middle East and Africa, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Abe said Japan was ready to offer financial assistance and share expertise in nation-building to end the pressing crises in the Middle East.

He said Japan will allocate 810 million dollars, triple Tokyo’s allocation last year, to assist refugees and people displaced internally by the conflict in Syria and Iraq.

Japan will give 2 million dollars to Lebanon and 2.5 million dollars to countries surrounding the European Union that are affected by the migrant crisis.

The country will donate 750 million dollars to “help build peace” in the Middle East and Africa.

“In rebuilding devastated countries and transforming them into places that allow people to pursue happiness once again, it may appear a roundabout route … [but] is in fact, the shortest path there,” he said.

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