Japan agrees with Egypt, Jordan to push for humanitarian pauses in Gaza conflict

Japanese Foreign Minister Kamikawa Yoko has agreed with her counterparts in Egypt and Jordan to push for humanitarian pauses in the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

Kamikawa spoke separately on the phone with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi early on Wednesday, Japan time.

She told them that the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven nations had adopted a joint statement in Tokyo last week, saying they would support humanitarian pauses in the fighting in Gaza.

She agreed with Shoukry and Safadi on the need to take all possible measures to prevent civilian casualties and work toward de-escalating the situation.

Kamikawa also thanked Shoukry for Egypt's help in evacuating Japanese nationals and their families from Gaza.

She is in San Francisco to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and other meetings.