Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledges to extend non-military assistance to the region, after being greeted by King Abdullah in Amman. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned that growing extremism was a threat to many countries and needed to be stopped, during a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman on Sunday (January 18). The leaders gathered in Amman to discuss bilateral ties, regional issues and the fight against extremism. Abe commended Jordan's efforts in the fight against Islamic state and pledged to extend Japan's non-military assistance to the country. "Jordan plays a big role in ensuring regional peace and stability such as your efforts in fighting IS (Islamic State) and also receiving a large number of Syrian refugees and to support Jordan's stability, we will continue our non-military assistance," he said. 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 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. In addition to the $2.2 billion in assistance Japan pledged for the Middle Easy 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 arrived in Amman on Saturday (January 17) and is later expected to visit the Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Turkey, as part of his regional tour.