Kono: Japan Supports 2 - State Solution

Kono: Japan supports 2-state solution

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has said Tokyo supports a 2-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Kono addressed an international conference on Middle East security in Bahrain on Saturday. He is the first Japanese foreign minister to visit the country.

Kono said Japan has been neutral on the Middle East from religious and ethnic standpoints and has no negative legacy in the region.

He said as a peace-loving nation for more than 70 years since the end of World War Two, Japan will be able to contribute more to the stability of the Middle East.

Kono said the region is a hub between Asia and Africa and its importance is on the increase.
He said Japan is set to support promoting dialogue and exchanges in the region.

US President Donald Trump announced last week that his administration recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Kono explained Japan's position to support a 2-state solution, whereby Israel and a future independent Palestinian state live side by side in peace and security. He said Tokyo emphasizes that the conflict should be resolved through negotiations based on UN Security Council resolutions and other agreements.

Kono said Japan plans to launch personnel training as early as next year to respect diversity and to counter violent extremism.

He also said Tokyo will provide additional grant aid worth 21 million dollars to Syria and neighboring countries.