Japan called for the international community to bring Hamas into the Middle East peace process overnight Friday, following the Islamic militant group's sweeping victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections.
"We must make efforts so that Hamas will adopt a proactive attitude toward the peace process," Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe told reporters.
"It is important that Japan and the international community work with both Palestine and Israel so that the peace process based on the roadmap will not be delayed," he said.
Japan intends to continue playing an active role toward achieving Middle East peace, a Foreign Ministry statement said.
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