Mr. Shintaro Ito, Vice-Minister (Parliamentary) for Foreign Affairs, to Visit the Middle East

July 28, 2006

  1. From 29 July (Sat) to 7 August (Mon), Mr. Shintaro Ito, Vice-Minister (Parliamentary) for Foreign Affairs, will visit the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Tunisia.
  2. In the United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Mr. Ito will visit a free zone where many Japanese companies are engaged in business activities and will also exchange views with key figures of the Dubai government on the economic development of Dubai and the current business activities of the Japanese companies there.
  3. In Yemen, Mr. Ito will exchange views with counterparts of the Yemeni government on future bilateral relations and the regional situation on the basis of the results of the visit of President Saleh of the Yemeni government to Japan last November.
  4. In Israel and the Palestinian territories, Mr. Ito, in response to the current situation in the Middle East, will hold meetings with key figures of both sides to exchange views on the recent developments as well as call for their restraints. He will also discuss the concept for "the Corridor for Peace and Prosperity" which Prime Minister Koizumi announced at his last visit to this region as one of the Japan's efforts for co-existence and co-prosperity.
  5. In Tunisia, Mr. Ito will exchange views with his counterparts in the Tunisian government on further development of the bilateral relations on the occasion of the 50th anniversary for the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Japan and Tunisia.

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