Japan: Embassy will not be relocated to al-Quds

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He stressed the importance of the Palestinian peace plan he had presented at the UN Security Council calling for holding an global peace conference this year that would establish an worldwide multilateral mechanism to oversee the political process because when the United States had recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and chose to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem it has abandoned its role as an honest peace broker.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas that Tokyo intends to keep its embassy in Israeli city of Tel Aviv.


He expressed Japan's continuous support for building Palestinian institutions and infrastructure.

"The US can not be a mediator or partner in the peace process unless it withdraws its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", Erekat stated, according to the Palestinian Authority's official news agency, "because it makes no sense for Palestine to be without East Jerusalem as its capital".

Secretary of the PLO's Executive Committee Saeb Erekat reiterated yesterday that Palestinian is not for sale and the Palestinians' rights will not be subjected to "suspicious" financial or political deals which are not based on global laws, Ma'an news reported.

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He also said the United States has a crucial role in achieving peace, and he urged Abbas to accept any offer of negotiations from Washington.

Abe said that his country has no intention to transfer its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Abe is on a five-day Middle East tour, which has taken him to the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

The agreement came during their talks in the capital Amman, where the two leaders highlighted the importance of advancing economic and commercial cooperation, as well as increasing Japanese investments in vital sectors in Jordan. Jordan is an important partner for Japan due to its diplomatic efforts in the region and involvement in the Japanese-led "Corridor for Peace and Prosperity" development project that includes both Israel and Palestine.