Japan-Egypt Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
On June 7, commencing at 5:30PM for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with H. E. Mr. Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The overview is as follows:
- At the outset, Minister Motegi highly commended the efforts of the Government of Egypt for playing a leading role in realizing the ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Palestinian militias, as well as for making vigorous efforts to sustain the agreement.
- The Ministers exchanged views on the latest developments surrounding Israel and Palestine. Minister Motegi stated his determination to play an active role, including in addressing the urgent need for assistance in the Gaza Strip in a timely manner, commencing with the Emergency Grant Aid of up to 10 million USD decided last week, while cooperating with the international community, including Egypt. Minister Motegi reaffirmed Japan’s support for a two-state solution regarding the Middle East Peace Process, and expressed his commitment to making continuous efforts toward confidence-building among the concerned parties through Japan’s own initiatives such as the “Corridor for Peace and Prosperity”. In response, Minister Shoukry praised Japan’s emergency assistance in the Gaza Strip and its commitment to the Middle East Peace Process and also expressed that he would like to cooperate with Japan to ensure the long-term stability of the Gaza Strip and the whole region.
- The Ministers shared the view on the importance of working on confidence-building between Israel and Palestine from every perspective, and concurred to continue closely cooperating with each other, including in further enhancing the bilateral relationship between Japan and Egypt.