G7 foreign ministers to call for pauses in Gaza fighting|Arab News Japan

TOKYO: Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven major powers are expected to call for humanitarian pauses in the fighting in the Gaza Strip at their two-day meeting in Tokyo from Tuesday night.

The G7 ministers are also seen confirming cooperation to improve the humanitarian situation in the besieged Palestinian territory, where Israel is intensifying its ground attack against the Islamist militant group Hamas.

The ministers will meet in person for the first time since Hamas, which governs Gaza, mounted a massive attack on Israel on Oct. 7, starting the conflict.

The officials are scheduled to have a working dinner session Tuesday night and discussions on multiple agenda items Wednesday. A joint document is expected to be released.

Japanese Foreign Minister KAMIKAWA Yoko will hold a news conference Wednesday afternoon as chair and explain the outcomes of the two-day meeting. She hopes to lead discussions following her visit to Israel and the Palestinian territory of the West Bank on Friday.

The G7 ministers will also exchange views on the situation in the Indo-Pacific region, including China, which is intensifying its military activities, and support for Ukraine, fighting against Russia’s invasion.

“It’s important for the G7 to unite and send (a message) at a time when tensions are rising over the Middle East situation,” Kamikawa told a press conference Tuesday morning.

In part of the two-day meeting, the G7 officials will be joined online by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and their counterparts from five Central Asian countries including Uzbekistan.

Prior to the meeting, Kamikawa will have bilateral talks with some officials including U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The Japanese and British governments will also hold a so-called two-plus-two security meeting of their foreign and defense ministers Tuesday afternoon.

JIJI Press

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