Arrangements are underway for Nabil Shaath, who serves as foreign policy advisor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, to visit Japan at the end of this month and meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other Japanese officials, the Yomiuri learned from sources close to the autonomous government on Jan. 26. Palestine will call on Japan to actively engage in peace talks with Israel as a mediator and to recognize it as a state.
According to people close to the matter, Shaath, who has served as foreign minister in the Palestinian Authority, is scheduled to visit Japan from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. He is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Taro Kono. Final arrangements are underway for him to deliver a letter from President Abbas to Prime Minister Abe. The letter reportedly calls for Japan’s proactive engagement in peace-building in the Middle East and the recognition of Palestine as a nation. (Abridged)