Statement by Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Recent Situation in the Middle East Peace Process

September 24, 2011

  1. On September 23, the Quartet Ministerial Meeting was held and released a statement which calls for the early resumption of direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Japan wholeheartedly welcomes this development and strongly supports the statement. Japan pays respect for the vigorous diplomatic efforts by the members of the Quartet with a view to the resumption of negotiation.

  2. Japan has consistently addressed its view where Japan understands the Palestinian’s aspiration for the nation-building and has contributed to the nation-building efforts of a Palestinian state. Japan will continue to contribute to the efforts by the international community for the realization of a two-state solution whereby both parties coexist in peace and security. In addition, Japan would like to cooperate in assistance to the Palestinians’ nation-building, including the promotion of the “Corridor for Peace and Prosperity” Initiative, and confidence-building between both parties. 
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)