マスコミが伝えない麻生総理の平和外交 【2of2】



Israelis, Palestinians look to economic progress in Japan by Shingo Ito TOKYO (AFP) – Israeli and Palestinian envoys said Wednesday that improving the economy can revive the peace process as they got to work on a Japanese initiative to create jobs in the West Bank. In four-way talks in Tokyo involving Jordan and Japan, the two sides agreed to move ahead with the Japanese project to build a business park to help ease the income gap between Palestinians and Israelis. “This is the first time in the Middle East that we took the economy as the top subject of negotiations parallel to the political” issues, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres said. “It is just a first step but a step in the right direction,” Peres said. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso also announced another 12.6 million dollars in fresh aid to support Palestinian efforts to improve medical care and job creation. “We have agreed to establish a four-nation consultative body to proceed with this project,” Aso said after the first day of the two-day conference. “It is important that we swiftly produce something concrete, even if it’s small, and then work on it,” Aso said. “We don’t believe that this initiative by itself will automatically bring peace,” Aso said. “But I’m convinced that our country’s efforts and the enthusiasm of people here will lead in the end to peace and prosperity in the Middle East.” He spoke after closed-door talks with Peres, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat and Faruq

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