Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, attended the Cairo Summit for Peace held in Egypt on October 21, and once again unequivocally condemned the terror attacks by Hamas and others, and stated that Japan has consistently taken the position that prioritizes;
1.Immediate release of hostages and securing safety of civilians
2.All the parties to act based on international law
3.Calming down the situation as soon as possible.
Minister Kamikawa then stated that diplomatic efforts need to be redoubled in order to prevent the instability from spilling over in the region, and to calm down the situation as soon as possible. Minister Kamikawa also explained Japan’s diplomatic efforts to date.
Minister Kamikawa then pointed out that the most imminent challenge now is to minimize the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, and stated that it is necessary to (1) deliver necessary assistance to the people in the Gaza Strip as early as possible, and (2) realize evacuation of foreign citizens who still remain in the Gaza Strip. Minister Kamikawa also explained that Japan has already announced emergency humanitarian assistance worth 10 million dollars in total, and Japan will keep on considering assistance based on the needs on the ground in a timely manner.
Furthermore, Minister Kamikawa stressed that the window of opportunity for the Middle East Peace should not be shut due to the current situation, and stated that Japan’s position to support a “two-state solution” is unwavering.