At the G7 = Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the Seven Major Countries held in Tokyo, discussions were held on the situation between Israel and Palestine on the 7th, and Foreign Minister Kamikawa emphasized the need for a temporary cessation of hostilities for humanitarian purposes. On the 7th, we will discuss the situation in Ukraine and China and issue a joint statement.

On the evening of July 7, the G7 foreign ministers held their first meeting at the Iikura Consulate in Minato-ku, Tokyo, and discussed the situation in Israel and Palestine for more than two hours.

Foreign Minister Kamikawa stated that the immediate release of the hostages and the improvement of the serious situation in the Gaza Strip are the top priorities, and that it is necessary to urge the countries concerned to temporarily suspend hostilities for humanitarian purposes.

According to an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the countries shared the recognition that it was necessary to suspend hostilities for humanitarian purposes, and Minister Kamikawa told reporters, "I would like to be able to show a unified position on the situation in the Middle East in the statement."

On the second day, the 2th, the situation in Ukraine and the situation in the Indo-Pacific region, including China, will be discussed.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba will also participate online, and the G2 intends to reaffirm its commitment to severe sanctions against Russia and the continuation of its support.

With regard to China, which is increasingly hegemonic, we share the importance of maintaining a free and open international order based on the rule of law, but we are also expected to confirm the need for dialogue.

After a series of discussions, Minister Kamikawa will hold a press conference as chairman and issue a joint statement.