The following is the gist of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s summit meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia
Abe: it is widely said that the Houthi (anti-government insurgency group in Yemen) is responsible for the attacks. Japan is deeply concerned that the situation in the Middle East may worsen. We would like to see Iran play a constructive role in maintaining peace and stability in the region. Japan will also play a role in easing tensions and ensuring stability in the region.
Rouhani: Regional security is also important to Iran. We want to [ensure security] through cooperation.
Strait of Hormuz
Abe: Ensuring safe navigation in the Middle East is vital to Japan, as we import more than 80% of our crude oil from the region. Japan would like to see Iran fulfill its responsibilities as a coastal nation.
Rouhani: In my speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 25, I will discuss the “coalition of hope [Hormuz Peace],” an initiative of coastal nations.
Abe: We are concerned that Iran may suspend the implementation of the nuclear deal. Japan strongly urges Iran not to take action that would harm the deal.
Rouhani: Iran is a victim of chemical weapons, and we are opposed to all weapons of mass destruction.
Abe, Rouhani: We will continue our communication at all levels.