0903 GMT May 23, 2019
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left India for Japan on Wednesday to meet the country’s officials.
Heading a high-ranking delegation, he plans to meet with senior Japanese officials, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, tomorrow to discuss bilateral ties as well as regional and international issues, IRNA reported.
Japan is one of the biggest oil clients of Iran. Tokyo had been granted a waiver from US sanctions but under the US pressure, it has cut its imports from Iran.
Iran and Japan have ramped up efforts in recent years to boost bilateral relations in diverse political and economic fields.
Back in October 2018, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed the necessity for the two Asian countries’ private sectors to boost cooperation and joint investments.
Zarif’s trip to Japan comes after his visits to India and Turkmenistan which were aimed at boosting Iran’s relations with the countries in the sanctions era.