News ID: 255615
Published: 0400 GMT July 10, 2019

Report: Abe eyes another meeting with Rouhani in September

Report: Abe eyes another meeting with Rouhani in September

Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is considering holding talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani when he visits New York in September to attend a UN General Assembly session, government sources said on Wednesday.

After meeting with Rouhani in Tehran on June 12, Abe told a joint news conference that he would hold another round of talks with the Iranian president at some point in the future, according to The Japan Times.

Since returning to power in 2012, Abe has held discussions with Rouhani on the sidelines of General Assembly sessions every year.

During his visit to Iran through June 14, Abe also met with the country’s Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, but failed to broker a dialogue between Tehran and Washington.

Abe still hopes to ease intensifying tensions between Iran and the United States by playing a mediator role.

At a news conference in Tokyo on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami said Japan is “deeply concerned” about the heightened tensions.

“We will continue diplomatic efforts, while cooperating with the United States and other countries involved,” he added.


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