Iftar with the Islamic Diplomatic Corps in Japan

April 1, 2024

[Provisional translation]


On April 1, 2024, Prime Minister Kishida hosted an Iftar with the Islamic Diplomatic Corps in Japan at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Prime Minister Kishida said in his opening address, 
“Ladies and gentlemen, Ramadan Mubarak. I am KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan.  

Today, I am delighted to invite the Islamic Diplomatic Corps, Japan’s important friends, and various parliamentary friendship associations and other distinguished guests to the Prime Minister’s Official Residence and hold an Iftar. 

Throughout its long history, the Islamic world has embraced elements different from their own into itself and elevated them to diverse societies and cultures with the spirit of harmony and tolerance. Japan has constantly valued its relations with such Islamic societies. I myself have visited many Islamic nations thus far to deepen trust and friendship through dialogue with the leaders of these countries. 

The international community is now at a turning point in history. Under such circumstances, it is more important than ever for Japan and Islamic countries to join hands and work together. 

In addition, the current humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is extremely dire. I have deep concerns over the situation. The lives and dignity of people must be equally respected and protected. Our heart stands with the Palestinian citizens, who are suffering at this very moment in the strip. 

Upon the outbreak of the conflict, Japan has made every diplomatic effort to calm down the situation and improve the humanitarian conditions, while providing humanitarian aid. 

In partnership with Islamic nations, Japan will continue to fully support for the realization of a world where a Palestinian state coexists peacefully with Israel. 

I would like to conclude my remarks by expressing my wish that this occasion with our Muslim friends tonight will be an opportunity to express hope for world peace and prosperity and further deepen our friendly relations. Thank you.” 

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