Japan welcomed the ceasefire agreement that was reached between Israel and Hamas early on Friday after 11 days of fighting.
“The government of Japan expresses its respect for the mediation efforts by the countries concerned including the United States and Egypt,” a statement by Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu, said.
“Japan strongly hopes that this agreement will lead to a lasting ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and long-term stability of the region,” the statement said.
Japan has been making diplomatic efforts to calm down the situation in cooperation with the international community and will continue to work towards building confidence between the parties concerned. Japan is also determined to play an active role, including in providing emergency humanitarian aid and reconstruction assistance, according to the statement.
“Japan once again stresses the need for all the parties concerned to continue their efforts for achieving peace based on a two-state solution and to enhance the momentum towards confidence-building between Israel and Palestine,” the statement added.