Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on reopening of the Rafah Border Crossing of the Gaza Strip

November 26, 2005

  1. Japan welcomes that the Rafah Border Crossing on the border of the Gaza Strip and Egypt reopened on November 25. Japan highly appreciates the efforts made by Israel, the Palestinian Authority and all the parties concerned, in particular, EU's border assistance mission, for this reopening.
  2. Japan expects that the steady implementation of the agreement made on November 15 by Israel and the Palestinian Authority will lead to rehabilitation and stabilitation of civilian life in the Gaza Strip and the progress of the Middle East Peace Process. Japan, on its part, will continue to extend political and economic assistance to this end.
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