The Second Conference for Confidence-Building between the Israelis and the Palestinians

July 5, 2004

  1. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will host a Second Conference for Confidence-Building between the Israelis and the Palestinians from July 12 (Mon) to 14 (Wed) in Tokyo and its suburbs.

  2. Participants of the Conference will be Mr. Dan Meridor, Former Minister of Finance, from the Israeli side and Dr. Sa'eb Erekat, Minister for Negotiations Affairs, from the Palestinian side. The Japanese participants will include Dr. Tatsuo Arima, Special Envoy of the Government of Japan, and Mr. Kohei Hashimoto, Professor, Institute of General Science, Nihon University. Other participants from each side will include those concerned from academic and business circles. The participants will exchange views on current political situation and how to build an ideal cooperative relationship between the Israelis and the Palestinians in the economic field aiming at peaceful coexistence.

  3. This Conference, which will be held, following the First Conference held in May last year, will be a part of Japan's initiative for confidence-building between the Israelis and the Palestinians, one of Japan's policy pillars for promoting peace in the Middle East.

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