The dialogue, which dealt with Israeli-Japanese bilateral relations, reflected the continuing improvement in relations between the two countries.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

The Japanese Director General for the Middle East and Africa, Motohide Yoshikawa, met on Sunday with the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ron Prosor, for the purpose of holding a political dialogue.

The dialogue, which dealt with Israeli-Japanese bilateral relations on the whole, reflected the continuing improvement in relations between the two countries, including reciprocal visits of senior officials – such as the visit to Israel of Japan’s Foreign Minister, at the beginning of May, and the visit to Japan in April of Israel’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor. The Directors General discussed plans to broaden cooperation and expand cultural ties.

Other positive signs include the fact that the Japanese Government has twice in recent times removed a travel warning for visits to Israel; mutual trade in 2004 reached $2.265 billion, a rise of 32% in Israeli exports; and a science agreement was renewed in July of this year.