PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi met with newly appointed Japanese Representative to the State of Palestine Takeshi Okubo at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah and welcomed him to Palestine.
Both parties reviewed relations between Palestine and Japan, and Dr. Ashrawi expressed her appreciation to Japan for its support of Palestinian institution- and nation-building and its continued projects and initiatives in Jerusalem and in Area C.
She also called on Japan to terminate projects and activities with links to the military occupation of Palestine and to the illegal settlements and to implement sanctions against Israel for its continued violations of international law and conventions.
Dr. Ashrawi provided an assessment of the alarming and worsening conditions on the ground, in particular the escalation of Israeli policies and practices of violence and terror against the Palestinian people, their resources, and their holy sites in Occupied Jerusalem. “Israel is flagrantly provoking grave violence and a holy war throughout an already-volatile region. We call on the United Nations Security Council to convene an emergency meeting in light of the disastrous situation and undertake serious punitive measures against Israel before it is too late.” said Ahrawi.
In addition, both Dr. Ashrawi and Mr. Okubo discussed matters related to the future Palestinian National Council meeting, reconciliation and future Palestinian moves in the international arena.