Egypt, Japan, Jordan welcome expansion of trilateral cooperation

Ahram Online , Wednesday 6 Sep 2023

The foreign ministries of Egypt, Jordan and Japan expressed their commitment to expanding cooperation in various fields following their first ministerial-level consultation Tuesday.



The meeting was hosted in Egypt by Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and was attended by his Japanese counterpart, Hayashi Yoshimasa, and his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi.

The trilateral mechanism was established in 2021, with official-level consultations taking place in March and September 2022.

These consultations served as forums for exchanging views on regional affairs and discussing trilateral economic cooperation projects aimed at promoting peace and stability in the Middle East.

According to a statement released following Tuesday’s consultation, the three parties reached a consensus on expanding cooperation on energy, electricity interconnections with Jordan and Iraq, and the enhancement of exports to Palestine.

Furthermore, the three countries are aiming to implement the Egyptian-Japanese school model in Lebanon.

The three ministers also emphasized the essential role of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in assisting Palestine refugees and stabilizing the region. 

The three parties urged the international community to contribute more to the UNRWA.

Earlier on Tuesday, Shoukry and Yohimasa met to discuss enhancing ties, economic cooperation, and regional and international conditions.

The meetings are part of Yoshimasa’s first official visit to Cairo which began on Monday and will conclude on Wednesday.

Arab-Japanese political dialogue

Earlier on Tuesday, the third round of the Arab-Japanese Political Dialogue was held at the headquarters of the Arab League's General Secretariat in Cairo.

The meeting was co-chaired by both Hayashi and Shoukry, who led the Arab side in his capacity as current head of the 159th session of the Arab League Council at the foreign ministers' level, with the participation of Arab foreign ministers. 

According to the final joint communique, the ministers emphasized the growing importance of Arab-Japanese cooperation, based on the 2013 memorandum of cooperation between the Arab League and the Japanese government.

The ministers also expressed their commitment to working together to address various global challenges, including counterterrorism, sustainable development, energy security, and food security. 

Moreover, the ministers expressed their anticipation for the next session of the Arab-Japanese Economic Forum in Japan the following year.

International developments were also discussed in the meeting, with an emphasis on the importance of maintaining international peace, security, and stability.

As for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the participants underscored the need to achieve a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in the Middle East by putting an end to the Israeli occupation of all Palestinian and Arab territories, including East Jerusalem and the occupied Golan Heights.

They called for addressing all permanent status issues, including the Palestinian refugee issue, in accordance with relevant UN resolutions, international law, the principle of land for peace, the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, and the two-state solution.

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