Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Amman after pledging support for countries battling Islamic State during an official visit to Cairo. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Jordan's Amman on Saturday (January 17) where he is expected to meet King Abdullah and a number of high-profile officials. Abe was in Cairo on Friday (January 16), where he pledged about $200 million in non-military assistance for countries battling Islamic State. The threat of Islamist militancy has come into sharp focus outside the Middle East after gunmen killed 17 people in three days of violence in Paris that began on January 7 with an attack on the offices of a newspaper that had published satirical images of the Prophet Mohammad. Islamic State controls large parts of OPEC oil producer Iraq and neighboring Syria, has declared a caliphate and wants to redraw the map of a region vital for Japan's energy needs. During his official visit to Egypt the Japanese Prime Minister also stressed the need for economic growth in the Middle East, where militants often try to exploit frustrations with issues such as unemployment and neglected schools to gain recruits. In addition to the $2.2 billion in assistance Japan pledged for the Middle East two years ago, Abe said his government would provide another $2.5 billion in non-military assistance to the region in fields such as humanitarian assistance and infrastructure. Abe is later expected to visit the Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Turkey, as part of his regional tour.