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TOKYO: Japanese Foreign Minister MOTEGI Toshimitsu said the Japanese government strongly condemns the Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Oct. 8 and various other attacks on Saudi territory.

“On the part of the Japanese government, we are appealing for all parties, including the Houthis, to begin an immediate ceasefire in the Yemen and to quickly start dialogue toward realizing a political resolution,” Motegi said at a press conference on Friday.

Motegi noted that UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg is reaching out to all parties to realize a solution in Yemen and has the support of Japan.

“I engaged in telephone conferences with my counterparts in August when I visited the Middle East and have appealed to the countries about realizing peace and establishing a ceasefire in Yemen,” Motegi said. “I would like to continue to coordinate within and outside of the relevant countries in the region including humanitarian assistance and I would like to work to stabilize the situation in the Middle East.”

This story was originally published in Japanese on Arab News Japan