Japan to resume economic assistance for the PNA

The Japanese government has decided to resume direct economic assistance for the PNA, Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper said Thursday. Japanese foreign ministry officials will visit the Palestinian National Authority in June to discuss the plan in details.

TOKYO, May 10 (RIA Novosti) – The Japanese government has decided to resume direct economic assistance for the PNA, Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper said Thursday.

Japanese foreign ministry officials will visit the Palestinian National Authority in June to discuss the plan in details.

From 1993 through 2005 Tokyo issued $1 billion to the PNA, but the country suspended the assistance after Hamas came to power in March 2006, fearing that the sums could be appropriated for military purposes by the Islamist movement.

Tokyo continued its assistance to the PNA through UN programs avoiding money transfers to the Hamas-controlled government. But as soon as Fatah and Hamas formed a coalition government as part of the PNA in March 2007, the Japanese government decided to resume direct economic assistance.

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