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Abe’s mediation in Middle East running into difficulties

  • September 26, 2019
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei gave prominent inside-page coverage to Prime Minister Abe’s summit with Iranian President Rouhani in New York on Tuesday, noting that the Japanese leader’s efforts to mediate between Iran and the U.S. are running into difficulties in view of the growing consensus that Iran was involved in the recent attacks on oil platforms in Saudi Arabia. The premier relayed directly to the Iranian leader Japan’s deep concern about the incident, saying that doubts have emerged about the Iranian narrative that the Houthi rebels in Yemen were responsible. Abe also reportedly urged Rouhani to have Iran fulfill its responsibility for ensuring safe passage through the Strait of Hormuz.

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