Japan, Egypt to work to bring stability to Middle East

Japan, Egypt to work to bring stability to Middle East

Japan and Egypt agreed Friday to work to bring stability to the Middle East, where civil war continues in Syria and tension has risen with the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. As the Mainichi writes in an article "Japan, Egypt to work to bring stability to Middle East", during a bilateral strategic dialogue in Tokyo, Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry also discussed such other issues as denuclearization of North Korea.

"We support efforts to bring peace and stability to East Asia," Shoukry said at a joint press conference in reference to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, as Cairo promotes the abolition of all weapons of mass destruction.

Egypt's diplomatic clout will be enhanced when it takes over the presidency of the African Union next year.

Shoukry, in Tokyo to attend a two-day ministerial meeting on African development from Saturday, also expressed Egypt's commitment to resolving the political and humanitarian crises in the Middle East.

"We appreciate the role that Egypt, which is an integral player, has been playing in promoting peace in the Middle East," Kono said.

Tension has spiked between Washington and the leadership of the Palestinian Authority since the United States moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, while a seven-year-old civil war continues to rage in Syria.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is also set to reimpose sanctions on Iran, and has vowed to take punitive action against any foreign companies which continue to buy and sell Iranian crude oil.

Kono and Shoukry also agreed to cooperate to make an international conference on African development, a Japan-led initiative, a success. The conference will be held next August in Yokohama.

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