Statement by Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the recent situation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

March 10, 2010

  1. Japan welcomes the news that the Israeli and Palestinian leadership have accepted the start of indirect talks. Japan sincerely hopes, on the basis of its support for a two-state solution, that the talks will swiftly develop into the resumption of direct talks between the two parties. Japan also hopes that both parties will act in a way that enhances mutual confidence.

  2. Japan has held political dialogues with parties to the Middle East peace; this February, Japan invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Japan has also continued its assistance to Palestinians through, for instance, promoting the “Corridor for Peace and Prosperity” initiative that aims to build a viable Palestinian state. Japan will keep making efforts to contribute to promoting Middle East peace together with the international community.