Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon to visit Japan as part of government commitment to enhancing ties in Asia

 DFM Ayalon to visit Japan


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(Communicated by the Bureau of Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon)

On Saturday night (13 November 2010), Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon will travel to Japan for a four-day visit. The Deputy Foreign Minister will meet with senior politicians and public officials, including his counterpart, Yutaka Banno, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and Yutaka Iimura, Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for the Middle East. The Deputy Foreign Minister will become the highest-level Israeli official to lay a wreath at the memorial in Hiroshima.

This trip is a follow-up to the visits earlier in the year of Foreign Minister Liberman and Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor to Japan. These and Ayalon’s recent visit to China further demonstrate this Israeli government’s commitment to increasinging ties in Asia. The purpose of the visit is to discuss bilateral relations, trade and research and development, particularly joint projects working towards alternatives for fossil fuels. The Deputy Foreign Minister will also discuss regional issues such as the peace process and growing concern over the Iranian nuclear program.

"The visit is aimed at further enhancing Israel’s relationship with Japan, which currently sits on the United Nations Security Council and is a leading member of the international community," Ayalon said about the upcoming trip. "We have many areas of mutual interest and are both ancient civilizations with shared values."

Ayalon will also address business people, journalists and members of academia at the research institute, The Japan Institute of International Affairs. Ayalon will also hold a roundtable discussion with leading Japanese businessmen, brief the Japanese media and visit an art exhibition hosted by Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, a member of the Imperial House of Japan.