Japan, Jordan agree to cooperate on Middle East stability

The foreign ministers of Japan and Jordan have agreed to strengthen bilateral economic and security ties, and closely cooperate to stabilize the Middle East region.

Japan's Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa met with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Amman, Jordan, on Sunday.

Hayashi expressed concern about heightened tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. He explained to Safadi about Japan's confidence-building efforts in the region, a concept known as "the corridor for peace and prosperity."

Safadi said he appreciates Japan's efforts, and agreed to cooperate with Japan in stabilizing the Middle East.

As for economic and security ties, Japan agreed that it will support Jordan in reforming its utility sector, and will help stabilize the country's electricity supply.

Hayashi also explained Japan's position on the release into the sea of treated and diluted water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

He referred to the International Atomic Energy Agency's report that examined the water release plan. The IAEA said Japan's approach and activities regarding the water discharge are consistent with relevant international safety standards.

Before releasing the treated water into the sea, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, dilutes it to reduce tritium levels to about one-seventh of the World Health Organization's guidelines for drinking water.

Safadi said he trusts Japan's compliance with those standards in proceeding with the water release.