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FM Motegi to visit U.S. for meeting with Secretary Pompeo

NHK reported this morning that Foreign Minister Motegi will visit the U.S. next week to meet with Secretary of State Pompeo. Concerning the rising tensions in the Middle East following the killing of an Iranian general, Motegi told reporters in Thailand on Tuesday evening: “I am deeply concerned and I call on all relevant parties to make diplomatic efforts to ease tensions in order to avoid a further escalation of the situation.” In addition, Motegi reportedly disclosed that he will meet with Secretary Pompeo next week to discuss the Middle East situation. “I will visit the U.S. next week. I hope to discuss this issue,” he said. “We will work closely with relevant nations, continue to make persistent diplomatic efforts, and take every measure to ensure the safety of Japanese living overseas.”

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