Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who arrived Sunday in Tokyo for a three-day visit, said Monday, ahead of meeting Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in Tokyo, that the Palestinian parliament election would take place at appointed time.

Abbas called for strong Japanese backing to Palestinians politically and financially.

‘I hold expectations that Japan will continue its support for Palestine, not only financially, but also politically by playing a role that would contribute to the Middle East peace process,’ Abbas was quoted as saying.

Abbas also said that at this stage he has no intentions to disarm Hamas, but said in the future he intends to make efforts to collect all weapons.