February 17, 2015 / 1:27 AM / in 3 years

Japan to provide $15.5 million in Middle East-Africa counter-terrorism aid

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will provide $15.5 million in aid to support counter-terrorism efforts in the Middle East and Africa, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday, doubling the figure pledged last month.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida makes a policy speech on the "Special Partnership for the Era of the Indo-Pacific" at the Indian Council of World Affairs in New Delhi, January 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Islamic State militants have said they would target Japanese citizens after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged $200 million in humanitarian aid to countries fighting the group. Two Japanese citizens were beheaded by the group last month.

Reporting by Takashi Umekawa; Writing by Chang-Ran Kim

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