Arab League, Japan officials discuss cooperation, Mideast stability

 Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa and the Arab League’s Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit discussed strengthening economic ties and enhancing security and stability in the Middle East during a working dinner at the 5th Japan-Arab Economic Forum in Tokyo. Kamikawa called for adherence to international human rights laws in the Gaza conflict, the release of hostages, and an immediate ceasefire. She also highlighted Japan's efforts to encourage Southeast Asian support for the UN’s Conference on Cooperation among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development.

Aboul Gheit, attending the forum for the first time as Secretary-General, emphasized the desire to deepen economic relations. Both leaders agreed to continue cultural and educational cooperation and stressed the importance of secure and open maritime corridors. They also discussed the situations in Syria and Libya, committing to ongoing collaboration for Middle East peace and stability, and addressed the progress of women's empowerment in society.

Additionally, Aboul Gheit met with Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi to discuss educational cooperation.

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