Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Ottawa on Monday afternoon, the first visit to Canada by a Japanese prime minister in seven years. He will meet his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper, government officials said.
During the meeting, the two leaders are expected to agree to cooperate in speeding up plans to export Canadian shale gas to resource-poor Japan, said Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
Abe will then move to New York to speak at the U.N. General Assembly, where he will pledge $60 million in humanitarian assistance to help refugees in Syria and neighboring countries, NHK added.
Abe is separately to pledge $1 million to help victims of sexual violence, as anger continues in Asia over so-called wartime “comfort women,” news reports said.
In New York, he will also hold talks with United Nations leader Ban Ki-moon and French President Francois Hollande separately to discuss Syrian and other global issues, NHK added.
(C) 2013 AFP