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FM Motegi calls on Israel to restore confidence with Palestine

  • August 19, 2021
  • , NHK
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NHK reported that Foreign Minister Motegi, who is visiting the Middle East, held talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Lapid and said he hopes that Israeli moves to improve ties with Arab states will lead to an easing of regional tensions. He reportedly expressed Japan’s support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and called on Israel to take concrete measures to restore confidence with Palestine. According to the network, Lapid responded by expressing hope to work closely with Japan toward improving the situation in the region. He also reportedly expressed his understanding of Motegi’s explanation that the principle of a free and open Indo-Pacific also contributes to the development of the Middle East. The two ministers reportedly agreed to further strengthen the bilateral relationship ahead of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Israel next year.

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