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Abe speaks by phone with Iranian President Rouhani

  • May 6, 2020
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All national dailies wrote on Wednesday that Prime Minister Abe and Iranian President Rouhani spoke by phone on Tuesday. The papers wrote that Abe urged Rouhani to exercise restraint by saying that stability in the region is indispensable to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Asahi speculated that Abe made the remark in view of the tension between the United States and Iran that has risen again following the announcement by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard that it successfully launched a military satellite. Mainichi wrote that Abe expressed Japan’s readiness to play a role in easing tensions between Washington and Tehran.

The papers also wrote that Abe and Rouhani confirmed close cooperation in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the papers, Abe told the Iranian president that Japan will provide the flu drug and potential coronavirus treatment Avigan free of charge to Iran and has decided to provide medical assistance worth 2.5 billion yen ($23 million) to the country through international organizations.

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