Japanese PM visit to Iran could be turning point in bilateral ties: Spox

Tehran, May 28, IRNA – Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry Abbas Mousavi said on Tuesday said the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Tehran has not been confirmed yet and stressed that it would be a turning point in bilateral relations once takes place.

The date of  Abe's Tehran visit is still under discussion, Abbas Mousavi told reporters at his first weekly press briefing after being appointed as Foreign Ministry's spokesman.

Commenting on different countries' mediation between Iran and the US, Mousavi said it is normal for other states to feel some concern about the regional developments.

Iran is a great and powerful country, he said, adding that "our region is an important one." 

He further said Iran is reluctant to use the word "mediation", rather it a country which listens to the viewpoints of the countries that have goodwill towards tackling the regional questions.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the spokesman talked about the recent tour of Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi to three regional countries, saying he carries the message of friendship and Iran's readiness for cooperation with regional states.

Araqchi flew to Oman on Sunday (May 26). The deputy foreign minister is now in Kuwait, and he is to visit Qatar in the coming days.

As Mousavi reiterated, Iran's foreign policy prioritizes the Persian Gulf region and the regional countries as well.

He further commented on the recent visit of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to Iraq and said it served to follow up the process of implementation of mutual agreements.

He said Zarif also wanted to directly express Iran's viewpoints to the regional nations.

Zarif's Baghdad visit proved that Iran and Iraq are two neighboring countries with various cultural, social and religious commonalities that no third country can easily affect such deep bilateral relations.

Last week, Zarif started his visits to Asian countries of Turkmenistan, India, Japan, and China and held talks with top officials of the four Asian countries on the US measures to create tension in the region and Iranian commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action endorsed by the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

Last Thursday, Iranian foreign minister flew to Pakistan, and then to Iraq in continuation of his Asian tour.


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