Dinner between Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Seiji Maehara and Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Dr. Salam Fayyad
November 24, 2010
On November 24 (Wed) for about 1 hour and 45 minutes from 7:30 p.m., Mr. Seiji Maehara, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, had a dinner with Dr. Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, on his visit to Japan. In line with the discussions at the summit meeting that preceded it, the following exchanges took place.
- Minister Maehara strongly urged the resumption of the direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian side and the realization of a two-state solution through negotiation. He explained Japan’s stance on the peace in the Middle East, including its call on Israel to freeze all settlement activities in the West Bank which includes East Jerusalem. (See Attachment (English / Arabic(PDF)) for details of Japan’s stance on the peace in the Middle East.)
- Minister Maehara also explained that Japan will continue to extend assistance to the Palestinian Authority’s for its state-building, and that its assistance of JFY 2010 will reach approximately 100 million US dollars. (See Attachment (PDF) for details of Japan’s assistance to the Palestinians.)
- Prime Minister Fayyad expressed the Palestinian commitment to peace negotiation, and expressed his appreciation to Japan for clarifying its stance on the peace in the Middle East, which he regards as contribution to advancing the peace process. The Prime Minister also thanked Japan for its assistance to the Palestinians, including the “Corridor for Peace and Prosperity” Initiative and collaboration with East Asian countries for supporting the Palestinian state-building efforts.
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