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Abe to visit Iran from June 12

  • June 7, 2019
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All national dailies wrote that Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Nishimura officially notified the Diet on Thursday that Prime Minister Abe will visit Iran on June 12-14 by announcing the plan at an executive meeting of the Lower House Steering Committee. Yomiuri quoted Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga as telling the press on Thursday that it is critically important to urge the Iranian leadership to ease the tensions, abide by the nuclear deal, and play a constructive role in ensuring regional stability.


Asahi speculated that Abe will hold talks with President Rouhani and Supreme Leader Khamenei during his trip to Tehran to urge the Iranian leaders to make efforts to ease tensions in the region and hold dialogue with the United States. The paper wrote that although Iranian officials are pinning hopes on Japan’s role as mediator because Abe’s close ties with President Trump have been reported extensively by the media in Iran, attention will be focused on whether the premier will be able to help resolve the differences between Washington and Tehran over the nuclear deal and sanctions. Yomiuri projected that Abe will urge the Iranian leaders to hold direct talks with the United States.

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