FM Liberman met with Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama, and discussed bilateral and regional issues.

 FM Liberman meets with Japanese PM Hatoyama


FM Liberman with PM Hatoyama in Tokyo (Photo: MFA)

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met today (Tuesday, 11 May 2010) with the Japanese Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama.

FM Liberman expressed his satisfaction with the development of the Israel-Japan bilateral relationship, and said that the two countries have many mutual interests in the realms of international security, economics and the development of alternative energy sources.

FM Liberman expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Hatoyama for Japan’s support of Israel’s acceptance to the OECD and for Japan’s support and assistance in the promotion of the political process over the years. FM Liberman also mentioned Japan’s support of the Balfour Declaration at the San Remo Conference, which took place 90 years ago. Prime Minister Hatoyama said that it is important to promote the process between Israel and the Palestinians.

During the meeting, FM Liberman raised the issue of cooperation between North Korea and Syria. He stated that cooperation of this nature endangers the stability of South East Asia as well as that of the Middle East, and contradicts all the accepted norms and rules of the international arena. Minister Liberman stated further that the North Korean-Syrian cooperation is not focused on economic development and growth, but rather on weapons of mass destruction, illegal smuggling – as was seen several months ago when a North Korean plane loaded with a huge quantity of armaments destined for the Hamas and Hizbullah terror organizations was detained in Bangkok – as well as other destabilizing events.

FM Liberman and Prime Minister Hatoyama also discussed the Iranian issue, which is due to be debated this month in the United Nations Security Council.

The Foreign Minister invited Prime Minister Hatoyama to visit Israel.