Flight Agreement Signed with Japan

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
22 April 1999

A flight agreement between Israel and Japan was signed by Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura and Israeli Ambassador to Japan Moshe Ben Ya’akov in Tokyo today (Friday) 23.4.99.

The signing brings to a successful conclusion a negotiating process which began in June 1992, and which has been continued intensively for the last two years. The agreement will allow the Japanese national airline and other flight companies to maintain direct flights between Israel and Japan.

Israel’s relations with Japan have undergone dramatic development over the last years in all areas, including: political dialogue, economics, culture, academic links, science and technology. Visits of high level figures from both countries attest to these developments.

Israel attaches great importance to to the signing of the flight agreement with Japan, as an additional means of strengthening the friendly relations between the two countries. The agreement will enable an increase of personal visits in various areas, the deepening of technological and economic relations and the development of tourism.