KUALA LUMPUR: Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida calls all direct parties involved in the Palestine-Israel conflict to act according to the international law to prevent the on-going crisis from spilling over to other countries.
Kishida stressed that immediate action should be enforced to put an end to the conflict between Palestine and Israel.
“I explained the position of Japan and conveyed that it is important for all direct parties to act in accordance with international law, preventing the spill over to neighbouring countries and de-escalating the situation quickly and especially at this moment, improving the humanitarian situation in Gaza,” he said, in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The Prime Minister of Japan is on his working visit to Malaysia from 4-5 November 2023. This is his first visit to Malaysia since his appointment as Prime Minister in October 2021.
Both leaders had a lengthy meeting to discuss bilateral relations, especially in the fields of trade and investment, education, defence, environment and energy security, as well as information and communication.
Kishida also mentioned that discussions and finalised agreements will be made at the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Dialogue Relations scheduled to be held in mid-December 2023 in Tokyo.
Meanwhile Anwar commended Kishida for his support for peace and the dire need for humanitarian assistance in Gaza.
Anwar said although there is a difference in emphasis, but he must commend Prime Minister Kishida for his commitment, first against the settlements by Israelis into Palestine.
He added, secondly, for his support so that there is peace in the region and total humanitarian assistance in Gaza because the bombs into Gaza has exceeded the extent of the damage compared to Hiroshima during World War 2.
Earlier, Japan has provided US$65 million in additional humanitarian aid to Palestinians out of concern over the conflict in Gaza.
In the joint press conference, Anwar has also highlighted that Japanese companies in Malaysia have pledged to enhance and broaden their investments and development in the country.
Anwar who received a courtesy call from his counterpart Fumio Kishida today said, Japan had greatly contributed to Malaysia’s initial phase of industry development.
“Japan had contributed on our initial phase of industry development and this year the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from Japan exceeds RM30 billion or US$6.33 billion.
“This is very impressive from companies that are already investing in Malaysia and without exception made this commitment with the ambassador present that they had committed themselves to increase, extend and expand their development into Malaysia.
“Through the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), the minister has alerted me that there are new investments into Malaysia this year,” he said. –Malaysia World News