Bilateral and regional issues were discussed. DFM Bessho conveyed his deep gratitude for Israeli assistance, including the dispatch of the medical assistance team to Japan following the disaster last March.
(Communicated by the MFA Spokesman)
1. Tuesday (19 July 2011), the fifth round of strategic consultations between the foreign ministries of Israel and Japan was held at the Ministry in Jerusalem. Mr. Rafael Barak, Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Koro Bessho, the Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister, led their respective delegations in the talks.
2. Bilateral and regional issues were discussed. DG Barak expressed his sorrow over the natural disaster that occurred in Japan last March. He noted that Israel would be happy to help the Japanese people and government in any way needed, to the best of its ability. DFM Bessho conveyed his deep gratitude for Israeli assistance, including the dispatch of the medical assistance team to Japan following the disaster.
3. Regarding regional issues, the two sides discussed topics of mutual interest such as recent developments in the Middle East and in Asia.
4. Both sides stressed the importance of the consultations between the two foreign ministries and reiterated their commitment to maintain the framework.