Signing of the Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of the State of Israel for Air Services

April 23, 1999

  1. The Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of the State of Israel for Air Services was signed by Minister for Foreign Affairs Masahiko Koumura and Mr. Moshe Ben-Yaacov, Israeli Ambassador to Japan, on Friday, the 23rd of April, in Tokyo (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

  2. Due to the increase in the interchange of people in political, economic, cultural and other various areas between Japan and Israel following the development in the Middle East peace process since 1991, there has been a surge in the aviation demand between the two countries. The need for the conclusion of an air services agreement has been expressed by the Israeli side since 1970s, and the Japanese government, taking into consideration the recent developments, confirmed the importance to open regular flight routes with Israel and started preliminary negotiations in June, 1992. Today's signing of the Agreement is a result of the consensus on the draft articles of the Agreement reached at the bilateral negotiation in February, 1999, in Jerusalem.

  3. The Agreement is aimed at establishing and opening regular air services between Japan and Israel and is similar in form and content to many air services agreements Japan previously concluded with other countries.

  4. This Agreement enables the two countries to establish and operate direct, regular air services, and it is expected to promote human and economic interchange and to further strengthen the friendly relations between the two countries.

  5. This Agreement will be approved by the two countries in accordance with their respective internal legal procedures, and enter into force on the date of exchange of diplomatic notes notifying such approval.

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