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FM Motegi, Iranian FM Zarif agree to try to ease tensions in Middle East

  • February 16, 2020
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri
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The Sunday editions of Yomiuri, Mainichi, and Asahi reported that Foreign Minister Motegi held talks with his Iranian counterpart Zarif in Munich on Saturday. This was reportedly their first meeting since Japan deployed MSDF units to the Middle East. According to Yomiuri, the two discussed the increasing tension in the Middle East and agreed to work closely toward easing tensions in the region. Motegi reportedly expressed concern about the tensions in the region and said diplomatic efforts need to be made to ease them. He also reportedly called on Iran to abide by the nuclear deal in order to avoid conflict with the U.S. Zarif reportedly responded by saying that Iran does not want to escalate tensions. According to the papers, Motegi also explained the purpose of the deployment of MSDF units to the Middle East and asked for Iran’s understanding. 

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