PM Shinzo Abe in Tehran plays pacifying role between Iran, U.S.
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Category: Diplotimes

Tehran - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the first visit to Iran by a Japanese leader in 41 years, pressed for calm amid the rising tensions between Tehran and Washington. “There is a need to avoid a military conflict at any cost,” Abe told reporters after meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on June 12. 

Without actually naming the United States, Abe added, “While this will require patient efforts, I believe such efforts must be carried through for the sake of peace in the Middle East and the world.” The prime minister said Japan was determined to fulfill whatever role was required to reduce tensions in the region. The Japanese government hopes that Abe’s visit will serve as a catalyst for Iran to enter dialogue with the United States. On June 13, he became the first Japanese prime minister to meet with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader. (via The Asahi Shimbun)