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

April 2, 2008

  1. The fourth technical-level meeting of the Four-Party Consultative Unit for the “Corridor for Peace and Prosperity” was held on March 31(Mon) and April 1(Tue) in Jerusalem 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.
     Although the Middle East Peace Process has fallen into difficulties, Japan has been actively engaged in promoting this initiative based on the idea that Japan will make its maximum contribution in any situation. The meeting was held with the cooperation of the other 3 parties in response to Japan’s positive attitude.
  2. The outcome of the meeting is as follows;
    • The Japanese side briefed the current status of this initiative and developments of the second phase of the Feasibility Study (F/S). The Four Parties agreed to continue their cooperation for the development of the F/S, including research on suitable access between the site of the Agro-Industrial Park and the border with Jordan, towards its completion in November.
    • The Jordanian side updated the current status of Damiya (Prince Mohammad) Bridge reconstruction issue.
    • For the purpose of supporting the realization of the initiative, the Four Parties agreed to cooperate on expeditious formulation of projects and their implementation in order to contribute to agricultural development and facilitating transportation. In this relation, the proposal for technical cooperation project in the agricultural field was discussed and the Four Parties agreed to work closely for its materialization.
    • The Four Parties agreed to hold the Third Ministerial-Level Meeting of the Four-Party in Tokyo soon in the months to come, with the hope to hold that before G8 Summit meeting, in order to announce the achieved results so far and future perspectives.