Japan’s government is paying a visit to Israel on Saturday, and it has no plans to stay away.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that it was “ready to cooperate with the Israeli government” to promote Japan’s “values and values of friendship and self-respect” with Israel, adding that the visit would be “very welcome.”
The ministry said in a statement that the trip would be the first by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and that it would “strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation” on the world stage.
Abe is scheduled to visit Israel from March 17 to 19, and will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Japanese Foreign Minister, Fumio Kishida, is scheduled for March 21.
The visit comes amid heightened tensions between Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Last week, Israel accused Hamas of using an improvised tunnel to attack an Israeli bus.
Hamas denied the claim, but Israeli officials have since denied it.
Last month, Israeli and Palestinian officials said a series of rockets from the Gaza Strip struck Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has vowed to “stop” the rocket fire.
Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters that he was “not surprised” by the latest attacks on Israel, but added that the situation in the region is “very complicated” and “we will continue to take care of our neighbors.”
He added that he hoped that the region would continue to remain “stable and peaceful.”