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Iranian president plans visit to Japan

  • December 4, 2019
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Asahi front-paged a report saying it learned from Japanese and Iranian government officials on Tuesday that Tokyo and Tehran are making arrangements for President Rouhani to visit Japan by the end of this month or later. The paper noted Rouhani would be the first Iranian president to visit Japan since President Khatami in 2000.  

 

Asahi wrote that according to a MOFA briefing, Prime Minister Abe explained to Araghchi during their 40-minute meeting at the Kantei on Tuesday Japan’s plan to send SDF assets to the Middle East. The Iranian official reportedly expressed hope for the Japanese government to make efforts to reduce tensions in the region. The paper speculated the possibility of Rouhani’s visit to Japan was discussed during the meeting. Yomiuri, Mainichi, and Sankei ran similar reports. Nikkei wrote Abe expressed concern to Araghchi over Iran’s moves to depart from the Iran nuclear deal and urged the nation not to undermine the accord.  

 

NHK filed a similar story, quoting Araghchi as saying in an interview with the broadcaster last night: “Prime Minister Abe has visited Iran, so President Rouhani will eventually visit Tokyo. However, there are many other things we should discuss right now.” While noting the Iranian leader plans to attend an international conference in Malaysia from Dec. 18-20, the network quoted an unnamed Iranian government official as saying: “President Rouhani wishes to visit Japan before or after his trip to Malaysia. He is very eager to travel to Japan.” 

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