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Japan on Friday offered aid worth up to some $970 million over the next five years to help stabilize Jordan and Lebanon, which have been accepting a huge number of refugees from war-torn Syria, the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said.

During a ministerial meeting on assistance to the Middle East and North Africa in Washington, Finance Minister Taro Aso said Tokyo is ready to provide the aid package, which includes a $50 million grant and a yen loan of up to ¥100 billion ($920 million).

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