Jun 10, 2019, 1:59 PM
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Envoy: Abe's Tehran visit, a turning point in Iran-Japan ties

Beijing, June 10, IRNA – Iran's Ambassador to Japan Morteza Rahmani Movahed said the upcoming visit of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Iran which is the first of the kind in the past four decades in the post-revolution era as a turning point in Iran-Japan relations.   

Speaking to IRNA on Monday, Movahed said the relations between two countries are based on historic and friendly bonds, adding the trip will be a good opportunity for reinforcing the cooperation.

The visit is to mainly focus on developing bilateral ties in political, economic, cultural, regional and international fields.

Abe is supposed to be in Iran on Wednesday to hold talks with Iranian officials and to discuss bilateral and international issues.

Reacting to some media claims that the trip aims at mediating between Iran and the US, Movahed said the trip is upon President Hassan Rouhani's invitation.

He believed close ties between Japan and the US and the coincidence of the trip with the current critical situation in the region have given rise to such speculations. 

Japan enjoys good ties with Iran and the US, he noted, adding that Iran's principled policy is to remove tensions and work to establish peace and stability in the region.

He said Iran welcomes any efforts to decrease tensions and safeguard peace and stability in the region.   

The US has caused an escalation of tensions in the region by its illegal and unilateral acts, Movahed said.

The US military presence in the region is regarded as one of the factors which cause turmoil in the Persian Gulf, he said, noting that any measure to prevent American intervention is welcomed. 

Iran has no need for the US in its measures for removing concerns and holding talks with the Persian Gulf states, he said.

Elaborating on the ways to promote bilateral ties, he referred to implementing economic agreements and continuing cooperation in the petrochemical field as one of those ways.

He also referred to developing popular exchanges as one of Iran's demands for establishing logical and stable relations with Japan.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian Ambassador pointed to the recent trips made by Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as other measures taken to further promote ties between two countries.

Commenting on the prospect of purchasing Iran's oil by Japan, Rahmani Movahed said Japan has not stopped buying Iran oil and the reason behind the temporary halt was US unilateral sanctions and pressures.

Even at the time the nationalization of the Iranian oil industry, Japan was the only country that dispatched vessels to Iran for buying oil, he noted.

Despite the US withdrawal from Iran deal and re-imposition of sanctions including on Iran's oil exports, he said, Japan has always tried to keep the trend of buying oil from Iran by holding talks and receiving exemptions.  

Elaborating on Iran-Japan joint investments, Rahmani Movahed said the agreements on supporting mutual investments that were signed by both countries after the signing of Iran nuclear deal will pave the way for Japanese firms attendance in Iran.

He also pointed to Japan's investment in developing Chabahar Port as one of the projects in which Japan can have cooperation with Iran.  

He went on to say that Tehran is seeking to design a financial mechanism with Japan for facilitating financial exchanges. 

He noted that Iran expects Japan to take action for establishing and facilitating trade ties and maintaining Iran oil purchase.

Iran also expects Japan to take necessary measures regarding commitments under the nuclear deal and the United Nations Security Council resolution 2231.


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