Foreign Minister Kono receives a courtesy call from Minister Ghunaim, Head of Palestinian Water Authority
March 6, 2018
On 6th of March, from 1415 to 1435, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, received a courtesy call from H.E. Minister Mazin Ghunaim, Head of Palestinian Water Authority. The overview is as follows.
- In the beginning, Minister Kono welcomed Minister Ghunaim’s visit to Japan. Minister Kono, looking back to his visit to Palestine last December, mentioned that he would like to strengthen Japan- Palestine relationship which is getting closer and closer in recent years. In addition, with regards to the development of Jericho Agro-Industrial Park (JAIP), a flagship project for the “Corridor for Peace and Prosperity” Initiative, Minister Kono extended his appreciation to Minister Ghunaim’s cooperation so far, and asked for continued cooperation.
- After that, Minister Ghunaim, showing his appreciation to Japan’s assistance to Palestine, explained the serious humanitarian situation in Gaza and asked for Japan’s support for the water issue, which makes a pressing crisis in the area.
- In reply, Minister Kono expressed his concern about the critical humanitarian situation in Gaza, and stressed that Japan will continue to provide assistance for better lives of people, explaining Japan’s assistance so far including those dedicated to the area of water.