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Japan stresses importance of diplomacy in achieving safety of navigation in Middle East

  • September 4, 2019
  • , Asahi, Nikkei
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Nikkei highlighted press remarks on Tuesday by Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga, who was asked by a journalist whether Japan will commit troops to the U.S.-orchestrated “maritime security initiative” to defend critical sea lanes in the Middle East. The government spokesman reportedly underscored the importance of diplomacy by saying that Japan’s positon on the U.S. proposal is to continue “diplomatic efforts.” According to the daily, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif reportedly expressed opposition to the U.S. plan during a meeting with Prime Minister Abe in Tokyo on Aug. 28 by saying: “It is a clear-cut hostile act.” The daily added that some GOJ officials have concluded that President Trump apparently does not consider the initiative to be a matter for immediate implementation.


In a related development, Asahi and Nikkei wrote that Foreign Minister Kono spoke by phone with his French counterpart yesterday to discuss the standoff between the United States and Iran. They agreed to continue mutual coordination to deescalate tensions.     

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