Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Summit Meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders

June 22, 2005

  1. Japan values the holding of a summit meeting between the Israeli and the Palestinian leaders on June 21st in Jerusalem, the first direct talks between the two leaders since February 8th, and the peace efforts of the these two leaders to the advance peace process.
  2. The peace process is at a critical stage, where the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank is at hand. Japan expects that, as a result of this meeting, both the Israeli and Palestinian sides will tenaciously continue their respective peace efforts in accordance with the "Road Map".
  3. Japan will seek to be further engaged in the issue of peace in the Middle East and will support the peace efforts of both parties concerned, including through the implementation of assistance of about 100 million US dollars for the immediate future pledged by Prime Minister Koizumi during the visit of President Abbas to Japan. As a part of Japan's efforts in this regard, Dr. Tatsuo Arima, Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for the Middle East peace process, will visit the region from June 25th to 30th to encourage the two sides to make further efforts towards peace in the Middle East.

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