Japan-Palestine Relations

October 21, 2019
(Photo1: Cabinet Public Relations Office) (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
(Photo2: Cabinet Public Relations Office) (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
On October 21, commencing around 12:45 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of Palestine. The overview of the meeting is as follows. The meeting was also attended by Mr. OKADA Naoki, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary and others from the Japanese side, and by Dr. Ziad Abu-Amr, Deputy Prime Minister and others from the Palestinian side.

1 Japan-Palestine Relations

After welcoming President Abbas to Japan, Prime Minister Abe stated, “Japan’s support for a ‘two-state solution’ remains unchanged,” noting that “Japan will continue to support Palestine’s stability and development,” and that “I would like to continue to work with you (President Abbas) with a view to further advancing Japan’s unique initiatives, including the ‘Corridor for Peace and Prosperity’ initiative and the ‘Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD).’”
In response, President Abbas expressed his appreciation for Japan’s consistent support for a “two-state solution” and for the significant assistance provided by Japan to Palestine.

2 Middle East Peace Process

Both leaders exchanged views on the current status of the Middle East peace process. Prime Minister Abe stated, “Although the outlook for the Middle East peace process is unclear, it is important to resume dialogue with Israel and the United States,” adding that, “Unless peace talks can be resumed it is unlikely that a ‘two-state solution’ could be achieved,” and that “Japan will also spare no effort in seeking to bring the parties concerned back to the dialogue table.”
In response, President Abbas praised Japan’s continued contribution towards the realization of the Middle East peace process and expressed his hope that it would play an increasing role in political aspects.

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