Monday, March 3, 2014

Asian countries to jointly support Palestine

Delegates from Asian nations have ended a conference in Jakarta with a call for economic support for Palestine.

The conference on Saturday was the second meeting of its kind.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, a co-chair of the conference, said in his opening speech that he wants to bring together Asia's powers to achieve peace in the Middle East.

Japan also committed roughly 200 million dollars in aid to Palestine.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Palestine is facing economic difficulties, and asked for continued support.

Participants at the conference adopted a joint statement pledging to help Palestine with its nation-building, utilizing the knowledge and experience of Asian countries, and also by providing financial support.

The ministers also agreed that their countries will work together to train personnel in such fields as agriculture, finance and tourism.

Kishida told reporters after the meeting that international cooperation is essential in bringing about peace in the Middle East. He said Japan would like to lead the support for Palestine based on its principle of "proactive pacifism".

Kishida met individually with Hamdallah, and expressed Japan's expectation for progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that resumed for the first time in about 3 years.