Meeting Between Prime Minister Bisher Al Khasawneh and Japan Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio

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Friday February 16, 2024:  Prime Minister Bisher Al Khasawneh and Japan Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio held talks in Tokyo on Friday February 16, 2024, followed by a working dinner. The meeting included attending a salute and guard of honor ceremony.

During the meeting, Prime Minister KISHIDA expressed appreciation for Prime Minister Khasawneh’s visit and Jordan’s message of sympathy following the Noto Peninsula Earthquake.

Prime Minister Khasawneh reiterated Jordan’s  commitment to strengthen bilateral ties, especially as both Jordan and Japan mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

Both leaders discussed enhancing bilateral relations, with a focus on economic and security cooperation. Prime Minister Khasawneh outlined Jordan’s economic modernization efforts and appreciated Japan’s consistent support, while Prime Minister KISHIDA assured continued support of Japan. They also acknowledged progress in bilateral security cooperation and committed to further collaboration.

The talks covered regional affairs, particularly expressing concern about the Israeli aggression and war on Gaza with the worsening humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip as well as the potential of the war on Gaza from having serious regional implications. The vital role of UNRWA in providing logistical and humanitarian assistance to GAZA was discussed and the need to resume aid to the Agency was highlighted. Khasawneh emphasized the significance of maintaining support for UNRWA given   the worsening humanitarian situation impacted by the Israeli aggression and war on Gaza, the pressing need for aid in Gaza, and the vital services UNRWA offers in its operational areas in the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.

Prime Minister Al Khasawneh also highlighted the relentless efforts of His Majesty King Abdullah II to address the Israeli aggression and war on Gaza and facilitate urgent humanitarian aid.  Al Khasawneh reiterated Jordan’s stance on the only way to achieve peace in the Middle East is through the two-state solution with  an independent and sovereign Palestinian state along the lines of June 4, 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital, living in peace and security side by side with Israel

Prime Minister KISHIDA reiterated Japan’s support for a two-state solution to achieve lasting peace in the Middle East.  KISHIDA highlighted Japan’s diplomatic efforts to address the situation and expressed a desire for continued collaboration with Jordan.

Additionally, both exchanged views on other various regional issues.

The meeting underscored the commitment of both governments to maintaining close bilateral collaboration between Japan and Jordan.

Video: Salute and guard of honor ceremony