Reports: Japanese FM in Iran to discuss de-escalation


Iran’s foreign minister met with his Japanese counterpart in Tehran and the two discussed the de-escalation of tensions in the region, Iranian news agencies reported.

An ISNA news agency report on Sunday said Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi had discussed bilateral, regional and international issues with Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The two-day visit is the first by a Japanese official since Ebrahim Raisi became Iran’s new president and the first since the Japanese prime minister visited Iran in 2019. ISNA said Motegi was found in Tehran at the official invitation of Zarif.

The report says Motegi will meet with other Iranian officials, including Raisi and his appointed foreign minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian. Motegi was also due to meet with other senior officials during his two-day visit.

Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday that Motegi’s visit to Tehran was aimed at strengthening bilateral ties with Iran and continuing diplomatic efforts regarding de-escalation and stabilization in the Middle East.

In 2019, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Iran’s top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as an interlocutor for former US President Donald Trump in the hope of easing tensions between Washington and Tehran. But Khamenei did not consider Trump worthy of a message exchange.

Recently, Japan donated some 3 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Iran, which has suffered the worst virus outbreak in the Middle East.

(This story was not edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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