Meeting between Foreign Minister Hayashi and Mr. Gantz, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of the State of Israel
On August 30th, commencing at 4:00 PM for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Benjamin Gantz, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense of the State of Israel. The overview is as follows:
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi welcomed the visit of Deputy Prime Minister Gantz, mentioning that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Japan and Israel. Deputy Prime Minister Gantz once again offered his condolences on the passing of former Prime Minister Abe. In response, Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude for the sympathies from Deputy Prime Minister Gantz.
- Both Ministers discussed the need for collaboration by the international community in the wake of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. They also exchanged views on the situation in East Asia and concurred to continue to work together.
- During the discussion over the situation in the Middle East, Minister Hayashi reiterated Japan’s support for a “two-state solution,” and expressed his hope that confidence building measures respectively taken by Israeli and Palestinian sides would lead to easing of tensions in the region. In response, Deputy Prime Minister Gantz shared Israeli views on the situation in the region, including Iran and the Middle East Peace.