Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Iran next week in hopes of engineering a diplomatic breakthrough that will thaw the icy US-Iran relationship. Having maintained cordial relations with Iran, Abe hopes to meet Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and the country’s Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, during his stay in Tehran. Those meetings are likely to materialize, but a meeting of the minds is not: Both sides are too entrenched and the changes demanded are too great. The prime minister’s effort is to be encouraged, nonetheless.
The prime minister will make a rare international diplomatic move by a Japanese leader
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is embarking on an effort to mediate the dispute between the US and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program, a rare international diplomatic move by a Japanese leader, wsj.com reported.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised the Bank of Japan’s ultra-loose monetary policy for helping create jobs, suggesting the government wasn’t unduly worried that inflation remains distant from the central bank’s two percent target.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said that the Japanese prime minister’s trip to Tehran has not been on the agenda after the media in the Asian country claimed that he had canceled the trip.