Japan PM pledges not to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem

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"The US can not be a mediator or partner in the peace process unless it withdraws its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", Erekat stated, according to the Palestinian Authority's official news agency, "because it makes no sense for Palestine to be without East Jerusalem as its capital".

The statement came during Abe's official meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, WAFA reported.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told the Palestinian leader that Japan does not plan to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The only other country to finalize its commitment to move its embassy to Jerusalem is the United States, which is scheduled to officially open its embassy on May 14, the 70 anniversary of Israel's independence on the secular calendar.

The agency said that Abbas thanked Abe for Japan's support for the Palestinian people and urged him to take a more hands-on role in the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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Ducey has promised to bump teacher pay 20 percent by 2020 and restore payments to that fund to pre-recession levels in five years. The teachers' unions have proposed a 2.5 percent tax on financial and legal services, which would bring about US$2.5bn a year.

President Donald Trump's decision broke with decades of worldwide consensus that the future of the disputed city should be negotiated between the parties, but Israel is hopeful other countries will follow the U.S. lead.

Representatives of Japan, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinians held a meeting on the Jordanian banks of the Dead Sea on Sunday night to discuss their "corridor for peace and prosperity" initiative.

Earlier Tuesday in Amman, Abe pledged to continue Japan's support for Jordan in managing an influx of refugees from neighboring Syria with new financial aid of up to ¥1.6 billion.

The Middle East peace process is an important topic for both countries.

Abe is accompanied on his Mideast tour with a large business delegation which will explore opportunities to advance economic cooperation between the two countries.

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