Courtesy Call on Mr. Nasser Judeh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, by Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Nobuo Kishi

July 22, 2014

  1. On July 22, Mr. Nobuo Kishi, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Nasser Judeh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and exchanged opinions on issues including the recent situation in Gaza. An overview of the meeting is as follows:

    1. Mr. Kishi conveyed the following points on the recent situation in the Gaza Strip.

    (1) Concerning the situation in the Gaza Strip, Mr. Kishi was deeply concerned about the situation where casualties from both parties including innocent civilians have been significantly increasing. The Government of Japan has been urging all the parties concerned to refrain from the use of excessive force in order to put an end to the vicious cycle of violence, and to achieve an early ceasefire.

    (2) The Government of Japan supports the mediation efforts by the international community. During his courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr. Kishi highly appreciated the efforts for a ceasefire by Egypt. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, held a teleconference today and Mr. Kishi will also visit Palestine and Israel from the following day to enhance Japan’s efforts.

    (3) Jordan has played important roles in the Middle East Peace Process. Japan will make efforts to calm the situation at an early date and to achieve a lasting ceasefire in coordination with the international community.

    2. In response to the above, Foreign Minister Judeh stated that an immediate as well as the ever-lasting solution through achieving Middle East Peace was necessary. Moreover, Foreign Minister Judeh expressed his gratitude for Japan’s contributions and expectation toward Japan’s enhanced roles.

    3. In the meeting, they also exchanged their views on regional situations including Syria and Iraq, and bilateral relations between Japan and Jordan. Mr. Kishi stressed that Japan would continue its support for Jordan, a lynchpin for the stability of the region.

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(* This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)