Statement by Foreign Press Secretary Kuni Sato on the recent situation in Al-Aqsa Compound in Jerusalem
1. The Government of Japan deeply deplores the recent clashes in Al-Aqsa Compound in Jerusalem. The Government of Japan condemns all kinds of violence, violation and incitement at the Al-Aqsa Compound.
2. In this context, Japan appreciates and supports efforts by Jordan to calm down the situation. Japan also welcomes that Israel, Palestine and Jordan agreed to work to calm the situation during the recent visit of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Amman. Japan attaches importance to the fact that the Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel reaffirmed to keep the status quo on the Compound.
3. Japan once again urges both Israeli and Palestinian sides to enhance mutual trust for the resumption of the peace negotiation.