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Japan pledges financial support for Southeast Asian countries

  • July 10, 2020
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri reported on Thursday’s videoconference held between Foreign Minister Motegi and his counterparts from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar, during which the Japanese official pledged some 1 billion yen ($9.3 million) in grant in aid for sustainable development of the Mekong region. He also promised to provide medical equipment and technical support to help these countries combat the novel coronavirus and other infectious diseases. The ministers of Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar heeded Motegi’s request for starting discussions on the eventual resumption of bilateral travel, which has been suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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