Meeting between Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Mr. Dan Meridor, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence of the State of Israel
April 26, 2010
- At 3:00 pm on April 26 (Mon), Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Dan Meridor, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence of the State of Israel, for approximately forty-five minutes.
- Minister Okada stated that Israel was a key player with regard to realizing peace and stability in the Middle East. He also said that he would like to deepen relations with Israel in a variety of ways, and that the year 2012 is the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries
- Deputy Prime Minister Meridor stressed the danger of Iran’s nuclear development, and said that the swift adoption of a sufficiently effective resolution by the UN Security Council was necessary. He also stated that he would like Japan to support in these areas.
- Minister Okada responded by saying that he was seriously concerned about the state of the nuclear issue , and that it was time to consider “pressure” in addition to “dialogue.” He also stated that Japan would like to continue fulfilling its role with respect to this issue in the UN Security Council.
- Deputy Prime Minister Meridor and Minister Okada also discussed the issue of peace process in the Middle East. During this discussion, Deputy Prime Minister Meridor stated that Japan’s aid toward Palestinian people was also important to Israel.
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