Livni praises Japan’s financial aid to PA

Thursday, January 18, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni praised Japan’s financial support of the Palestinian Authority during her meeting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday.

“The way to strengthen the moderates is through financial incentives, combined with offering a diplomatic horizon to the Palestinian people,” Livni said.

The foreign minister discussed the instability in the Middle East as well as better economic and political cooperation between Israel and Japan on an official visit to Tokyo.

Livni also met with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso (photo) and signed a memorandum of understanding regarding bilateral diplomatic relations between the two countries.

In an interview with reporters, Livni outlined Israel’s latest political developments in the Middle East and addressed regional threats, including Iran and North Korea.

“The real threat in the region is the Iranian threat. This is a threat not only to Israel, but to the moderate Arab and Moslem states in the region, and the entire world,” said Livni. “We can see here a domino affect. We see the proliferation of mass destruction – there is North Korea, there is Iran and the connection between two of them, and the international community must act.”

Livni also praised Japan for its role in imposing sanctions on Iran and in “taking the right steps as part of international community as a member of the Security Council.”

The foreign minister is expected to return to Israel on Friday after touring Asia.

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