Japanese FM discusses de-escalation with Iranian officials
The Iranian president met with Japan’s foreign minister in the capital Tehran on Sunday and the two discussed de-escalating tensions in the region, Iranian news agencies reported.
The president’s official website reported that Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi discussed bilateral, regional and international issues with President Ebrahim Raisi.
The two-day visit is the first by a Japanese official since Raisi became Iran’s new president and the first since the Japanese prime minister visited Iran in 2019. ISNA said Motegi is in Tehran at the official invitation of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
The report says Motegi will meet with other Iranian officials, including Raisi-appointed foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and 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 to defuse and stabilize the Middle East.
At Sunday’s meeting, Raisi praised the efforts of Japan and other countries to help establish peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region. “Iran has always supported peace and stability in Afghanistan. Of course, we believe the Afghans should make their own decisions in Afghanistan. “
Raisi said he was opposed to the creation of insecurity in the region, adding: “The presence of the Americans in the region, including Afghanistan, has not provided security.”
Motegi said Tokyo also supports the diplomatic efforts of countries in the region to achieve peace and stability in the region. He said Japan believes the issues should be resolved peacefully and through dialogue.
Earlier on Sunday, Motegi met with Zarif and the two also discussed the de-escalation of tensions in the region.
The semi-official ISNA news agency reported on Sunday that Motegi had discussed bilateral, regional and international issues with Mohammad Javad Zarif.
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.