Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the decision regarding the release of an Israeli solider

October 12, 2011

  1. The Government of Japan welcomes that the agreement between Israel and Hamas reached, on October 12, on the release of Mr. Shalit, an Israel Defense Force soldier, who has been under captivity of the Palestinian militant group since 2006, and of the Palestinians who have been held by Israel.

  2. Japan values the efforts for the release by the international community and hopes that this decision will be implemented in a prompt manner.

  3. Japan hopes that this agreement will contribute to the confidence-building between the parties concerned and will lead to the early resumption of the direct negotiations between both parties. Japan, together with the international community, will continue to make efforts with a view to realizing the peace in the Middle East.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)