Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
August 2, 2013
On August 2, from 11:30 a.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held telephone talks with the Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States of America. The outline of the talks is as follows.
1. Minister Kishida welcomed the holding of direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine, and said he strongly supports Secretary Kerry’s active efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East. Minister Kishida also explained that he had visited the Middle East last week and encouraged both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides to undertake serious dialogue, and that both sides spoke of their strong determination to earnestly go into negotiations aimed at achieving peace. Additionally, Minister Kishida said he expects that Japan’s unique efforts including the “Corridor for Peace and Prosperity” initiative and the “Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD)”, coordinated with the initiatives on the economic field that Secretary Kerry emphasizes, will achieve results in improving Palestinian economy.
2. In response, Secretary Kerry expressed gratitude for Japan’s efforts, and explained Minister Kishida of his discussions with Israel and Palestine which recently took place in Washington, D.C. Minister Kishida and Secretary Kerry shared the view that they will continue to cooperate and work for peace in the Middle East.
3. Additionally, Minister Kishida and Secretary Kerry exchanged views on the Syrian issue and Asia-Pacific regional affairs, and shared the view that they remain in close contact.
* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.