Japan and the United States are both pleased with the recent development in the Middle East situation as Israel and Palestine had their first direct negotiation in three years. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry agreed that they will keep a close eye on the situation and will continue cooperating to help the stabilization of the region.
In a telephone conversation between the two, Kishida said that Japan will continue to “strongly support” the efforts and initiatives that Kerry is part of as he is the broker for peace between the two countries that have been locked in bloody conflict for decades. On his end, Kerry briefed Kishida on what happened when the historic talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials were held in Washington earlier this week. He also thanked Japan for their initiatives in helping to bring about these talks. Kishida was in the Middle East last week where he met with Israeli and Palestinian officials separately and encouraged them to be sincere during their talks in the US the week after.
The two leaders also agreed to take a keen interest on the ongoing Syrian issue, as well as other important Asia-Pacific affairs. The 20 minute phone call was initiated by Kishida, as Japan eagerly awaits “substantive progress” from the Israeli-Palestinian talks as they move towards a two-state solution.
[ via Global Post ]