Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on recent development on the Middle East peace process

July 20, 2013
Japanese

    1. On Friday, July 19, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that they have reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming direct negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian sides. Japan sincerely welcomes this announcement and will watch the continued coordination on this agreement. Japan also highly commends the vigorous diplomatic efforts made by U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary Kerry toward reaching this agreement, and appreciates the role played by Jordan and the League of Arab States.
    2. Japan has consistently urged both Israeli and Palestinian sides for early resumption of direct negotiations. Japan strongly hopes that, upon this agreement, sincere dialogues and negotiations are conducted between both sides.
    3. Japan will also continue to support dialogues between both sides as well as efforts by the U.S. through actively promoting initiatives of the "Corridor for Peace and Prosperity" and the "Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD)".

* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.