TOKYO: Japan plans to allocate up to $100 million in aid to developing countries in the Indo-Pacific region to help them better fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said on Friday (May 13).
Hayashi was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of Group of Seven (G7) foreign ministers in Germany, where the discussion focused mainly on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“We will also be discussing the response to COVID-19 at the working lunch tonight. I will present a plan for up to 100 million in aid,” he said.
At the meeting, G7 foreign ministers reiterated their determination to use measures, including further sanctions, to pressure Russia to stop its aggression and withdraw troops from Ukraine immediately, Hayashi also said.
Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “military special operation”.
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