Japan-Palestine Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
On May 27, commencing at 4:00 p.m. for 20 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Dr. Riad Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Palestine. The overview of the talk is as follows.
- The Ministers exchanged views on the latest developments surrounding Palestine and Israel. 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 Palestinian Authority 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 promptly the urgent need for assistance, as well as in assisting reconstruction efforts in the Gaza Strip.
- 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 and the “Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD)”.
- Minister Malki expressed his gratitude for Japan’s assistance to Palestine and his respect to Japan’s long-standing commitment to and support for achieving peace in the Middle East. He also stated that Palestine is fully committed to achieving peace and will continue to make utmost efforts to realize peace and stability in the region, including sustaining the ceasefire.