Nabil Shaath. Picture: Middle East Monitor

Japan was on Sunday said to be set to recognise the State of Palestine.

This disclosure was made by a senior aide to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Shaath.

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He said Japan has rejected US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

According to Shaath, in a recent talks between the two nations, Japan pledged to support the Palestinian right to create an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

He further said Palestine would increase aid to UNRWA.

Speaking to the media, Shaath added that Japan would start the process of recognition. This would involve the collection of signatures from MPs who would call for the government to recognise the State of Palestine, then raise its diplomatic representation in Ramallah.

Shaath reported that the Japanese officials, including Foreign Minister Taro Kono, are in support of an international peace conference to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.