Foreign ministry secretary general, Japan’s FM discuss ties, region

Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Zeid Lawzi Thursday met Japanese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Masahisa Sato to discuss means of enhancing relations between both countries.

During the meeting, Lawzi said the visits of Japan’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister to Jordan reflect the “deep-rooted ties” enjoyed by Amman and Tokyo and emphasized that the Kingdom views Japan as a “close friend and a strategic ally”.

On regional issues, both sides underlined the need to find a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the basis of two-state solution and conducive to the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state on the pre-June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital living Side by Side with Israel.

In this context, Lawzi said the two-state solution is the only way to bring about peace and stability in the Middle East, warning off attempts to change the historic status quo of Jerusalem which would fuel anger among Muslims and Christians alike.

He also commended Japan’s support to the Palestinian refugees through increasing annual voluntary contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

On Syria, he said Jordan was no longer able to take in more refugees as the Kingdom hosts more than 1.3 Syrian refugees considering its humanitarian responsibility.

For his part, the Japanese minister, who is on an official working visit to the Kingdom, lauded Jordan’s pivotal role in pushing the Mideast peace process forward, as well as the key humanitarian role the Kingdom plays in hosting the refugees and render assistance to them.

Source: Jordan News Agency