Japan, Israel agree on need to restart stalled Mideast peace talks

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Israeli President Shimon Peres agreed Wednesday on the need to resume stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestine, a Japanese official said.

Kishida, who is currently on a trip to the Middle East, was quoted by the official as telling Peres during their meeting in Israel that Japan is ready to support the peace process and hopes for a frank dialogue.

Peres struck a positive note on the prospect for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, saying both sides should not miss out on the opportunity to start talking again, according to the official.

Japan is hoping to use its good ties with both Israel and Palestine to urge them to restart dialogue as soon as possible and help the United States on the Middle East peace process.