The First Technical-Level Meeting of the Four-Party Consultative Unit for the Concept of the “Corridor for Peace and Prosperity”

June 28, 2007

  1. The first technical-level meeting of the Four-Party Consultative Unit for the concept of the “Corridor for Peace and Prosperity” was held on June 27 (Wed) at the Dead Sea in Jordan with the participation of experts from Israel, Japan (headed by Mr. Shinsuke Sugiyama, Deputy Director-General of the Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau), Jordan and Palestine. This meeting was a follow-up on the agreement reached at the Start-up meeting of the Four-Party Consultative Unit hosted by Japan last March.

    The meeting was conducted in a frank and friendly atmosphere and the Four Parties had a constructive exchange of views on various issues related to the development of the concept.
  2. The outcome of the meeting is as follows;

    - The Japanese side briefed the current status of the Feasibility Study (F/S) and its future schedule. Each of the Four Parties explained about its respective cooperation to be extended in order to formulate related projects.

    - The Four Parties expressed their views on the possible location of the agro-industrial park, and agreed to decide the location as soon as possible while taking the progress of the F/S into consideration.

    - The Israeli side expressed its agreement for the reconstruction of Damiya (Prince Mohammad) Bridge and the other Parties welcomed the decision. The Four Parties agreed to further discuss on the details of this issue.

    - The Four Parties agreed to establish a contact mechanism which is aimed at directly sharing information and coordinating among the Four Parties in order to materialize the concept.

    - The Four Parties agreed to hold the next technical-level meeting in the region in the second half of October.

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