Japan-Palestine Relations

August 17, 2021

On August 17, commencing at 0:10 p.m. (local time, 6:10 p.m. JST) for 60 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. Dr. Muhammad Shtayyeh, Prime Minister of Palestine, during his visit to Palestine. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the beginning, Minister Motegi noted that he was pleased to revisit Palestine for the first time as a Minister for Foreign Affairs. Prime Minister Shtayyeh welcomed Minister Motegi’s visit to Palestine.
  2. Minister Motegi conveyed his determination to continuously support Palestine facing long-standing conflicts and COVID-19 pandemic. He also reaffirmed Japan’s position to support for a “two-state solution” regarding the Middle East Peace and stated that Japan would contribute to confidence-building among the concerned parties through the "Corridor for Peace and Prosperity" initiative and promote assistance to Palestine among Asian countries through "Conference on cooperation among East Asian countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD)".Both sides exchanged views on these Japan’s own initiatives and share the view to continue to work together with a view to achieving economic self-reliance of Palestine.
  3. Both sides exchanged views on the situation in East Asia including China and North Korea. Minister Motegi asked for understanding and cooperation for the immediate resolution of the abductions issue, and Prime Minister Shtayyeh expressed his understanding for Japan’s position.

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