G7 foreign ministers issued a joint communique on burning global issues on Wednesday after a two-day meeting in Tokyo, Japan.
|The Israel-Hamas conflict is on the agenda at the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Japan. (Photo: THX/VNA)
Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa said G7 ministers agreed to take urgent action to address the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, and showed their support for a pause in fighting and the establishment of humanitarian corridors to facilitate urgently needed assistance, civilian movement, and the release of hostages.
Their joint communique stressed the importance of abiding by international law, including humanitarian law, and the need to prevent an escalation and expansion of the conflict in the Middle East. The ministers shared the view that a two-state solution remains the only path to a just, lasting, and secure peace.
Regarding the Indo-Pacific region, the ministers agreed to maintain and strengthen a free and open international rules-based order, while affirming they would oppose any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo anywhere in the world.
The ministers reaffirmed their unwavering support for ASEAN centrality and unity and said they will continue to promote cooperation in line with the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.
Regarding relations with China, the ministers agreed on the importance of establishing a stable and constructive relation with China. They reiterated the important role of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in setting out the legal framework for all activities in the oceans and the seas.
They expressed their concern about missile tests of North Korea and agreed to impose further sanctions against Russia and accelerate efforts to restore peace in Ukraine.