Iran proposes Rouhani's visit to Japan amid nuclear impasse: Kyodo
Iran proposes Rouhani's visit to Japan amid nuclear impasse: KyodoCiting a senior diplomatic source, Kyodo said Iran's deputy foreign minister for political affairs Abbas Araqchi had relayed the proposal to Japan during a two-day visit to Tokyo as a special envoy of Rouhani.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will leave for his two-day visit to Iran on June 12, amid rising tensions in the Middle East. This will be the first time
Shinzo Abe is the first Japanese prime minister to visit Iran in over four decades. The trip comes amid escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf, as the In Tehran, Abe is scheduled to hold talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani , Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other senior leaders of the
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that Tokyo is in discussions about a visit to Japan by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani this month, an attempt to try to resolve Iran's nuclear impasse with the United States.
He also said Japan wants to make every possible effort to promote Middle East peace.
Japan maintains friendly ties with both the United States and Iran, and has tried to ease tension between the countries, which broke off diplomatic relations after Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.
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Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga also saidthat Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump had spoken on the telephone earlier on Tuesday to discuss Iran , among other topics.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday to avoid Abe made the comments after he became the first sitting Japanese prime minister to visit Iran since Related coverage: Japan PM Abe discusses Iran situation with Trump ahead of Tehran visit .
Citing a senior diplomatic source, Kyodo news agency reported last week that Iran had proposed the visit and that the proposal was relayed during a two-day visit to Japan by Iran's deputy foreign minister for political affairs Abbas Araqchi.
Abe said Japan would make every effort to promote peace in the Middle East but did not specify when there might be a decision on sending Japanese seamen to the region to guard ships supplying Japan.
"As one of those efforts, we are currently in talks about a visit by President Rouhani to Japan," he added.
Abe did not give details but local media reported the visit could take place on Dec. 20 or 21.
The Nikkei business daily said last week the government would propose deploying one escort ship and a patrol aircraft from the Maritime Self-Defense Force on a one-year mission that could be renewed annually. It plans to finalize the plan by year-end, the Nikkei said.
Abe visited Iran in July and met with Rouhani and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during which Khamenei reiterated Iran's stance that it has no intention of making or using nuclear weapons.
(Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Toby Chopra and Ed Osmond)
Iran's Rouhani 'finalising' first visit to Japan .
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani is finalising with Japan a visit to Tokyo, officials in Tehran said Monday, in what will be the first such trip in two decades. Rouhani would be the first Iranian president to visit Japan since 2000. He is expected to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who travelled to Tehran in June to try to ease tension between the United States and Iran in the Gulf. "After Mr Abe's trip to Iran it was natural for the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran to have a trip to Japan," Mousavi said.