Syrian FM, Japanese envoy discuss bilateral ties, Mideast peace
Published: Aug 11, 2009 10:00 AM Updated: May 25, 2011 12:56 PM

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem on Monday met with Yutaka Limura, the visiting Mideast Special Envoy of Japanese government to discuss bilateral relations and the Middle east peace process, Syrian Arab News Agency reported.

The senior Japanese diplomat stressed his country's willingness to enhance coordination and cooperation with Syria and other countries involved in achieving security and stability in the Middle East, according to the report.

Limura also voiced Japan's commitment to continue contributing to the economic and social development of Syria.

Al-Moallem expressed Syria's keenness on improving relations with Japan in various fields, and its appreciation of the aids and developmental programs Japan offered to Syria, the report said.

The talks between the two sides was "very constructive", Limura told reporters after the meeting.

He added there was an opportunity for peace in the region under US President Barack Obama's policy, highlighting the constructive role Syria plays in the region.

"Syria is a country of importance for Japan, and our bilateral relations have been growing steadily. We are committed to rendering aid to Syria, especially in the fields of electricity and infrastructure," said Limura.

Before arriving in Damascus, Limura visited Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian territory and Jordan.

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