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Japan Pledges Continued Financial Support for Bangladesh


Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso has pledged to boost investments in Bangladesh, saying Tokyo will consider backing the construction of a bridge in the north and a deep sea port in the south.

Aso made the pledge at a news conference following talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart, M. Morshed Khan, in Dhaka on Tuesday.

The two sides also discussed possible Japanese assistance for building a rail system to ease traffic in Dhaka.

The top Japanese diplomat also said Japan would send monitors to oversee the parliamentary elections scheduled for January.

He also is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, opposition leader Sheikh Hasina and other officials before departing for Malaysia.

Japan is Bangladesh's single largest donor.

Amir Khosru has more on the story.

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