Japan-Palestine Summit Meeting
Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama held talks with Dr. Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian President, at the Prime Minister's Office.
During the meeting, the leaders discussed the Middle East Peace Process and the relationship between Japan and the Palestinian National Authority. Both sides recognized that the resumption of negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel is urgently needed at the earliest possible time. They also recognized the importance of continuing the Japan-Palestinian Ministerial Political Consultation Meeting in order to further enhance bilateral relations.
Prime Minister Hatoyama expressed his appreciation for President Abbas' visit to Hiroshima, and both sides jointly called for a world without nuclear weapons. After the meeting, the leaders made a joint press announcement.