Japan-Israel Foreign Ministers' Telephone Talk
On May 26th, commencing at around 7:35 PM for 30 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with Lt. Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel. The overview is as follows:
- The Ministers exchanged views on the latest developments surrounding Israel and Palestine. Minister Motegi welcomed the ceasefire agreement given the heartbreaking situation that caused a large number of civilian casualties on both sides, and he strongly encouraged the Government of Israel to continue implementing its efforts towards easing the tension in the region with a view to ensuring the lasting ceasefire. Minister Motegi also stated his determination to play an active role, including in addressing the urgent need for assistance in the Gaza Strip in a timely manner. Minister Motegi reaffirmed Japan’s support for a two-state solution regarding the Middle East Peace Process, and expressed his continued commitment to confidence-building measures among the concerned parties through Japan’s own initiatives such as the “Corridor for Peace and Prosperity” initiative.
- Minister Ashkenazi explained Israel’s stance on the recent developments and its future efforts, and expressed that he is ready to continue exchanging views with the international community, including Japan, towards easing the tension in the region.
- The Ministers confirmed that they would make efforts to further enhance the bilateral relationship between Japan and Israel in a wide range of fields, particularly taking the opportunity of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Israel next year.