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Abe likely to meet with Iran’s supreme leader

Sunday’s Mainichi front-paged the disclosure by a GOJ source that when Prime Minister Abe visits Tehran in mid-June, he is likely to hold talks with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. The prime minister has reportedly decided that meeting with Khamenei will be indispensable to broker peace between the U.S. and Iran since the supreme leader has the ultimate say in the country’s politics and foreign policy. Abe is expected to meet with President Rouhani on June 12, followed by a meeting with Khamenei on the next day. The daily added, however, that Iran’s supreme leader is not taking a conciliatory line toward the U.S., quoting him as saying last month: “Dialogue with the United States is harmful.”  The GOJ reportedly believes that foreign policy moderate Rouhani might not be able to contain anti-American conservatives.

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