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Japan has pledged roughly $24 million in new aid to a group of North African countries, including Algeria and Morocco, to continue helping them combat terrorism and enhance security in the region.

At a meeting Tuesday in Tokyo, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and ministers from the so-called Maghreb countries recognized the importance of security in further promoting trade and investment, infrastructure building, education and technology exchanges, they said in a communique.

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