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Mikdad: Arab-Japanese Political dialogue a precious opportunity to promote bilateral cooperation

Cairo, SANA- The 3rd ministerial meeting on the Arab-Japanese Political dialogue was held on Tuesday in Cairo with the participation of Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad.

Mikdad, in a speech at the meeting, said the forum is a precious opportunity to promote the Arab-Japanese cooperation, adding “we appreciate Japan stance that kept its diplomatic presence in Syria and met its moral and human commitments to help the Syrian people face attempts of starving adopted by well – known countries.”

“In Syria, terrorism with all its forms, poses a main danger, and this requires support to combat it and end any foreign illegitimate presence on the Syrian territory as occupation provides cover and sponsorship for the terrorist groups and separatist militias,” Mikdad said.

He added that persistence on imposing and expanding the unilateral coercive measures, which rise to the level of economic embargo, is an immoral act that violates the international law rules and the UN convention and aggravates the livelihood and humanitarian situation.

“We highly evaluate the funding offered by Japan for the humanitarian response projects in Syria, particularly during the earthquake catastrophe, and we hope Japan would expand its support for the early recovery projects and rehabilitation of infrastructure,” Mikdad said.

On the regional level, Mikdad stressed that the Israeli occupation of the Arab territories is still the main factor that poses threat to security and stability in the Middle East.  “Just and comprehensive peace in the region requires ending the Israeli occupation and its withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territory, including Eastern Jerusalem and its withdrawal from the occupied Syrian Golan to the line of June 4th, 1967 and from the occupied Lebanese territories in addition to the establishment of the independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital,” Mikdad said.

Mazen Eyon

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