1040 GMT February 19, 2019
Abbas Araqchi, former Iran’s ambassador to Japan, made the remarks in the first Iran-Japan symposium on 'Women's Role in Sustainable Development' which started work in the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) in Tehran, IRNA reported.
Japan’s prime minister’s wife Akie Abe, Iran's Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Mollaverdi, Japanese Ambassador to Tehran Koji Haneda and the wife of the Iranian foreign minister, Maryam Imaniyeh, were also present in the event.
Araqchi said both Iranian and Japanese nations, which have been victims of weapons of mass destruction and have experienced the consequences of wars on their women and children, have good grounds for cooperation toward sustainable development.
The event is hosted by Vice Presidency for Women and Family Affairs in cooperation with IPIS and Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
Araqchi said the Japanese researchers have held several useful researches about Iran's social and cultural issues.
Touching upon the Iranian and Japanese ancient-old relations, he added the two nations enjoy cultural commonalities.