All national dailies reported on Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Oman on Tuesday on the last leg of his three-nation tour of the Middle East. The papers wrote that during his meeting with Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said, Abe offered his condolences on the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said last Friday. According to the papers, Abe and the new Sultan agreed that the two nations will strengthen their bilateral relations and promote their cooperation toward stabilizing the Middle East. According to a Japanese briefing, the Sultan welcomed Japan’s dispatch of MSDF assets to the region. The papers also said Abe discussed the regional situation with Assaad bin Tariq al Said, the special representative for Oman’s Sultan.
Yomiuri, Mainichi, and Sankei wrote that the GOJ is considering using ports in the UAE and Oman as bases for supplying the SDF units dispatched to the region.
Nikkei speculated that Abe’s tour of the region was aimed at confirming Japan’s cooperation with Sandi Arabia, the UAE, and Oman amid the tensions between the United States and Iran and gaining their understanding for Japan’s sending MSDF assets to the region.