Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Tuesday. Photo: EPA Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Tuesday. Photo: EPA
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Tuesday. Photo: EPA Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Tuesday. Photo: EPA
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Tuesday. Photo: EPA
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