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Ramallah Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his accompanying delegation in Ramallah on Tuesday, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
During the meeting, Abbas stressed on the depth of the friendly relations between the two countries. He also briefed him on the latest developments in the Palestinian territories and the importance of holding the Palestinian National Council (PNC) on Palestine's political life.
Abbas affirmed that the Palestinian side was and is still ready to cooperate for the success of any international effort aimed at coming up with a political process based on United Nations resolutions and the principle of the two-state solution for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Abbas underlined the importance of the Palestinian peace plan he had presented at the UN Security Council calling for holding an international peace conference this year that would establish a global multilateral mechanism to oversee the political process. He pointed out that the United States abandoned its role as an honest peace-broker after Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The president praised Japan's outstanding support for the Palestinian people in all fields, particularly in the political, economic and financial fields. He also hailed the Japanese support for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and their right to establish their state and build their national institutions.
The Palestinian leader called for a greater political role for Japan in proportion to its important political and economic size at the international level, especially after it has voted for accepting Palestine as a non-member observer at the United Nations.
For his part, Prime Minister Abe affirmed his country's support for a political process based on the principle of the two-state solution and its readiness to contribute to efforts to achieve peace.
Abe emphasized the continued support of Japan for projects that would contribute to the building of Palestinian state institutions and infrastructure. He said Japan has no intention to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
It is noteworthy that the Japanese prime minister is scheduled to visit the West Bank city of Jericho on Wednesday to inspect the agro-industrial zone as part of Japan's Peace Corridor project.
Source: International Islamic News Agency