Jerusalem, August 26, 2003

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom meets with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koisumi
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom emphasized in his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koisumi the importance of including Hamas on the country’s list of terrorist organizations and the need for the international community to act to prevent Iran’s program to develop nuclear weapons.

The Foreign Minister asked the Japanese government, which understands better than any country the danger of nuclear weapons, to condition all economic cooperation with Iran on that country ending its program to enrich uranium and signing the "Additional Protocol."

Foreign Minister Shalom called for greater Japanese involvement in the international effort to pressure the Palestinian Authority to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism and to fulfill its commitments under pursuant to the Road Map.

The Foreign Minister conveyed to the Japanese Prime Minister a personal invitation from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to visit Israel.

The Japanese Prime Minister expressed his sympathy and condolences on the Jerusalem suicide bombing attack and said that global terrorism is a threat to the entire world.