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August 27, 2013


Abe offers Kuwait support in nuclear crisis



Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan will help Kuwait respond to a nuclear disaster in its neighboring countries.

Abe met Kuwaiti Prime Minister Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah on Monday, on the second leg of his 4-nation Middle East and African tour.

Abe first thanked Kuwait for donating 5 million barrels of oil following Japan's 2011earthquake and tsunami.

He said he hoped both countries will deepen ties to build a comprehensive partnership, not only in the energy sector but also in politics and security.

Abe is being accompanied by a delegation of Japanese business leaders. Jaber said the delegation represents Japan's eagerness to contribute to Kuwait's development.

The two agreed to strengthen bilateral ties to ensure a stable supply of oil to Japan, which has been hit by higher fuel costs caused by a weaker yen.

They also agreed that senior officials in charge of defense and foreign policies will hold security talks.

Abe pledged Japan's commitment to helping Kuwait build sewage, subways and other basic infrastructure.

Abe also offered support to Kuwait in the event of a nuclear disaster in a neighboring country, such as Iran. He said Japan would help with decontamination, based on its experience with the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The 2 ministers shared grave concern about the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, and expressed hope that a UN inspection team will determine what happened in the ongoing civil war.


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