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Situation surrounding the Gaza Strip: A new proposal regarding negotiation on the hostage release and ceasefire
(Statement by Foreign Minister KAMIKAWA Yoko)

June 2, 2024
  1. On May 31, 2024 (local time), President Biden of the United States of America stated in his speech that Israel has offered a comprehensive new proposal regarding negotiation between Israel and Hamas on the hostage release and ceasefire.
  2. Even to this day, many people who have been held hostage are yet to be released, and at the same time, the humanitarian situation on the ground is becoming increasingly dire due to the prolonged fighting. Under such circumstances, Japan highly appreciates the vigorous diplomatic efforts made by the U.S. toward improving the situation, and strongly supports President Biden’s initiative. Japan strongly urges all parties concerned to seize this opportunity and steadily work toward the release of all hostages and a sustainable ceasefire.
  3. In close coordination with countries concerned, Japan will continue to persistently and proactively make diplomatic efforts toward releasing the hostages, improving the humanitarian situation and calming down the situation as soon as possible.

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