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Japan will not relocate embassy to Jerusalem

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono gives a speech during the unveiling of the second phase of the Jericho Agro Industrial park in the West Bank city of Jericho yesterday.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono gives a speech during the unveiling of the second phase of the Jericho Agro Industrial park in the West Bank city of Jericho yesterday.

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AMMAN, Dec 27 2017 : Japan will not relocate its embassy from Israel’s Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said here yesterday, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

In talks with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi, the Japanese official said that Japan considers Jerusalem as one of the final status issues that need to be settled through direct negotiations.

The Japanese official reiterated Japan’s support for the two-state solution and the need to reactivate efforts in this regard.

He also voiced appreciation for Jordan’s efforts to attain peace in the Middle East.

Safadi said Jordan welcomed Japan’s role in addressing regional crises and its support for peacemaking efforts.

US President Donald Trump’s decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem violates the international law and United Nations resolutions, said the Jordanian official, stressing Jordan’s efforts to find a solution following the decision.

Safadi called for intensified efforts on an international level to facilitate the two-state solution that ensures the creation of an independent state of Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital.

In 1967, Israel took over East Jerusalem from Jordan and declared the whole city as its “eternal indivisible capital” in 1980. However, it has not been recognised by the international community.

Also yesterday, Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki said during his meeting with the visiting Japanese foreign minister that Trump’s decision was null and void and in contradiction with the international law.

He added that the Palestinian issue was a central issue in the Middle East.

Japan’s support for Jordan, which hosts more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees, was also discussed. – Bernama

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