Countries & Regions

April 1, 2024
Prime Minister Kishida makes remarks in front of some ambassadors (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)
Prime Minister Kishida talks with ambassodors (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)

On April 1, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, invited guests, including the Ambassadors from Muslim countries to Japan, to the Prime Minister’s Office and hosted “Iftar” (a meal after sunset during the month of Ramadan). From the Japanese side, Mr. MURAI Hideki, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary and others attended the Iftar. The overview is as follows.

  1. In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Kishida referred to the bonds of trust and friendship between Japan and Muslim countries that have deepened over long years, and stated that the cooperation between Japan and Muslim countries is more important than ever, as the international community is at a historic turning point. Prime Minister Kishida also expressed his serious concern about the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, and while introducing Japan's diplomatic efforts and its humanitarian assistance, he stated that Japan will cooperate with Muslim countries and make utmost efforts in realizing a world in which a future independent Palestinian state and Israel live side by side in peace. He also expressed his hopes that this Iftar would be an opportunity to wish for the peace and prosperity of the world and further deepen friendly relations between Japan and Muslim countries.
  2. This year, the Iftar was attended by the representatives of the Embassies and missions to Japan of 45 Muslim countries, as well as others including Japanese Diet members.
(Reference)List of Participating Countries / Regions

Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Turkie, Togo, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen

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