Japan-Israel Relations

August 18, 2021
President Herzog and Foreign Minister Motegi greeting with elbow bump
President Herzog and Foreign Minister Motegi having a talk

On August 18, commencing at 2:30 p.m. (local time; on August 18, 8:30 p.m. JST) for 30 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Isaac HERZOG, President of the State of Israel, during his visit to Israel. The overview of the courtesy is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Motegi expressed his congratulations to President Herzog on his inauguration, and President Herzog welcomed Minister Motegi for his visit to Israel. Minister Motegi and President Herzog applauded the success of outstanding results of athletes from both country at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
  2. With regard to the Middle East Peace, referring to Japan's support for a "two-state solution," Minister Motegi introduced Japan’s efforts such as "Corridor for Peace and Prosperity" initiative and the program which promotes exchanges between Israeli-Palestinian youths, and expressed his expectation for continuous cooperation of Israel upon assistance for Palestine. In response, President Herzog stated that he values those Japan’s initiatives.
  3. Minister Motegi introduced Japan's efforts to achieve a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)," and President Herzog shared his view of the importance of FOIP and hoped the two countries pursue coordination in this regard.

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