May 21, 2020 / 11:05 AM / a month ago

Japan's Abe says to offer help to developing countries in coronavirus fall-out

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks via videolink as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan listens during the inauguration of the city?s new Basaksehir city hospital which was jointly built by Turkish and Japanese companies, in Istanbul, Turkey, May 21, 2020. Turkish Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will offer medical and financial support to developing countries, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, in an effort to help them control the spread of the coronavirus and the economic fall-out.

“We also would like to help to promote economic activity,” Abe said in a speech via videolink to commemorate the opening of a hospital in Istanbul, as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan looked on.

Abe said such aid could include emergency loans.

(This story corrects to remove references to Turkey, changes to Japan helping developing countries)

Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu; Editing by David Dolan

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