The 41st Meeting of "Diplomatic Roundtable"
on "Japan-Egypt Partnership in the Middle East" Held

JFIR and its two sister organizations, The Global Forum of Japan and The Council on East Asian Community, taking advantage of an occasion of a visit to Japan of a prominent person on international and other affairs, regularly organize "the Diplomatic Roundtable," which is an informal gathering of members of JFIR and its two sister organizations for a frank exchange of views and opinions with the visiting guest. The 41st "Diplomatic Roundtable" meeting on the topic of "Japan-Egypt Partnership in the Middle East" was held on 17 September 2008. H.E. Mr. Walid Mahmoud ABDELNASSER, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Japan, stated as follows.

Japan and Egypt have developed a close relationship for many years. Both countries have recently advanced cooperation in the field of science and technology and have now been making efforts at opening Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology. While the Japanese government has contributed a great deal to many big projects, the Egyptian government would like to make further efforts to encourage the investments by Japanese corporations and to increase the Japanese tourists. The Egyptian people look at Japan as a model of "success story" because Japan has achieved the rapid economic growth after the World War II and has become a member of G8. Japan has also contributed to the international efforts to realize peace, security and stability in the Middle East, including the assistance to Palestinians. Japan has also provided aid for reconstruction works in Afghanistan and for development assistance in Africa through TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development). Thus Japan has been playing a very important role in this region. The international society needs "inter-civilization dialogue" and we hope that Japan will make a contribution by utilizing its own historical experience.


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