Mr. Nobutaka Machimura, Minister for Foreign Affairs, to Visit Russia, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories

January 11, 2005

  1. Mr. Nobutaka Machimura, Minister for Foreign Affairs, will visit the Russian Federation, Israel and the Palestinian territories from January 13 (Thu) to 19 (Wed).

  2. In Russia, Mr. Machimura will have talks with Mr. Sergey Lavrov, his counterpart, on various matters including the issue of a peace treaty, based on the agreement on their mutual visits in preparation for President Putin's visit to Japan that they reached when they had talks in Santiago, Chile, in November last year at the time of the APEC.

  3. In Israel and the Palestinian territories, Mr. Machimura will encourage the new Abbas Administration, which was established after his election as the new Ra'ees of the Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority, and the Government of Israel, to make efforts for peace and express to both sides Japan's support for those efforts.

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