Asahi, Yomiuri, Mainichi, and Nikkei reported on Prime Minister Abe’s meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan at the Kantei on Tuesday. According to the papers, Abe pledged that Japan will provide loans worth $300 million to help Jordan since it has taken in about 1.3 million Syrian refugees. The two leaders also signed an agreement on strengthening economic cooperation between their nations. Abe stated at a post-meeting joint news conference that Japan welcomes Jordan’s efforts to seek peace in the Middle East by accepting a large number of refugees from Syria and that Japan will extend support to the nation through both the public and private sectors. King Abdullah reportedly said that Japan is a reliable partner and that they discussed cooperation to seek peace and stability in Syria.
Earlier in the day, the two leaders visited a GSDF training area in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, and observed drills by a special counterterrorism unit.