Japan's economy minister meets Israeli, Palestinian leaders

Japan's economy minister has met separately with the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to discuss trade and investment in the region.

Nishimura Yasutoshi held talks with Israel's President, Isaac Herzog, in Jerusalem on Sunday.
Israel is home to many startups and is known as "the Silicon Valley of the Middle East".
Japanese companies are expanding their business in the country.

Nishimura said that Japan aims to conclude an economic partnership agreement with Israel. He said the country also would like to deepen exchanges between companies, especially startups, and promote innovation in the two countries.

Herzog said he is making arrangements to visit Japan and hopes the trip would be a great opportunity to strengthen commercial and diplomatic ties.

Nishimura met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on the same day.

Abbas asked Nishimura to help more Japanese companies operate in the territory.
Nishimura responded that Japan will promote corporate exchanges between the both sides.