Japan-Jordan Summit Telephone Talk (Summary)
On October 18th, commencing at 21:10 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, to discuss the situation surrounding Palestine and Israel. The overview is as follows.
- Prime Minister Kishida stated that he is paying close attention to the situation in the Gaza Strip, Palestine, with great concern. He stated that Japan has unequivocally condemned the recent terror attacks by Hamas and other Palestinian militants, especially attacks on, and kidnapping of, innocent civilians, which cannot not be justified for any reason.
- Prime Minister Kishida stated that he felt strong indignation on tremendous damage to innocent civilians in the attack against Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza City, and that he would like to coordinate to secure the safety of civilians and to calm down the situation as soon as possible.
- Prime Minister Kishida expressed appreciation for Jordan’s diplomatic efforts in order to calm down the situation, and stated that Japan intends to implement emergency humanitarian aid of USD 10 million in total for civilians in the Gaza Strip through the international organizations, and that Japan will continue to work with Jordan in order to calm down the situation and to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Furthermore, Prime Minister Kishida deeply appreciated Jordan’s cooperation regarding the aircraft of Japan Self Defense Force standing by in Jordan for the departure of Japanese nationals from Israel.
- King Abdullah II stated that he shares great concern about the situation on the ground, and explained Jordan’s diplomatic efforts in the wake of the attack. He also stated that he would continue to cooperate on the departure of Japanese nationals from Israel, and highly appreciated Japan's diplomatic efforts and humanitarian assistance.
- They shared the recognition that violence does not produce anything good, and concurred on maintaining close cooperation in order to prevent further escalation of the situation.