Nikkei wrote that Foreign Minister Motegi visited the Palestinian Autonomous Territories on Tuesday and held separate meetings with President Abbas and Foreign Minister al-Maliki in Ramallah in the West Bank. The paper speculated that Motegi stressed the need for dialogue between the Palestinians and Israelis and discussed the ceasefire with Israel as well as ways to develop confidence between the two parties. Motegi told reporters afterward that Japan is urging both the Palestinians and Israelis to refrain from taking unilateral actions that raise tensions and take measures to foster confidence between them. He added that Japan is hoping to cooperate with the Palestinians to achieve peace in the Middle East. Yomiuri and Mainichi also reported on Motegi’s visit to the region, with Yomiuri adding that Motegi pledged $3.7 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Gaza, which has sustained damage from Israeli airstrikes, through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.