FM Liberman thanked FM Okada for Japan’s support of Israel’s acceptance to the OECD and for Japan’s support and assistance over the years in advancing the peace process.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met in Tokyo with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada. The two ministers discussed bilateral and regional issues as well as issues of global security.
FM Liberman and FM Okada discussed the strengthening of economic cooperation between their two countries. FM Liberman proposed devoting the next meeting of the bilateral economic working group to be held at the end of this year to the development of alternative energy sources, to which his Japanese counterpart agreed. They also discussed cooperation in the areas of science and technology, including their space programs.
FM Liberman thanked FM Okada for Japan’s support of Israel’s acceptance to the OECD and for Japan’s support and assistance over the years in advancing the peace process. FM Okada said that Japan welcomes the opening of proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians and hopes to see further progress. FM Liberman said that direct and not indirect talks are needed in order to advance the peace process, and that if the Palestinians want to prove the seriousness of their intentions they must first cease the incitement against Israel and the anti-Israel actions in international forums. He added that Israel’s neighbors should learn from Japan, which has territorial issues with its neighbors but does not threaten them with violence but rather cooperates with them in various fields and seeks to resolve the differences by peaceful means.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Liberman met with some 30 senior officers of Japanese corporations with whom he discussed the economic relations between Israel and Japan. Liberman proposed a meeting between the heads of the Tokyo and Tel Aviv stock markets in order to increase cooperation in reciprocal listings.
The Foreign Minister invited Foreign Minister Okada to visit Israel.