Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Inauguration of a New Cabinet of the Palestinian Authority (PA) led by Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie

November 13, 2003

  1. On November 12, a cabinet of the Palestinian Authority (PA), headed by Mr. Ahmed Qurie, was officially inaugurated with confidence vote by the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) members. Japan welcomes the inauguration of Prime Minister Qurie and his cabinet. Prime Minister Qurie is one of those Palestinians who have made efforts for a peaceful solution of the Middle East peace process with Israel.

  2. The "Roadmap" which indicates a path toward co-existence of two states, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace, is now at a critical stage. The Government of Japan strongly hopes that Prime Minister Qurie will work proactively, in accordance with the "Roadmap", to end violence and promote the reform of the Palestinian Authority. Japan will continue its active support and assistance to Prime Minister Qurie's efforts toward the success of the "Roadmap" and nation building.

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