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Japan pledges to support Iraq’s post-Islamic State recovery

  • December 12, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 11:38 a.m.
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PARIS — Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday that Japan wants to help with rebuilding efforts following Iraq’s declaration that it has completely reclaimed territory taken by the Islamic State extremist group.


At the outset of the talks in Paris, Kono said the victory over the militant group is the result of “the Iraqi people having overcome ethnic and religious differences to unite.”


“Japan wants to continue to contribute to Iraq’s recovery and national reconciliation,” Kono said.


Abadi said he looks forward to Japan’s assistance and assured Kono that Iraq “will come together as one to fight terrorism and work for recovery.”


The leaders also exchanged views on the broader situation in the Middle East in light of the U.S. decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which has prompted widespread criticism.


Kono and Abadi are both in Paris to participate in a climate change summit.

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