Iran, Japan Confer on Ways to Broaden Ties

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Nobuo Kishi in a meeting in Tehran discussed different avenues for the further expansion of relations and cooperation between the two Asian states.

 During the meeting on Wednesday, Zarif said that Tehran is prepared to boost bilateral relations with Japan, and welcomed the Tokyo government’s efforts to help enhance cooperation in different fields.

Kishi, for his part, submitted the written message of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for President Hassan Rouhani, which ensures the Japanese government’s resolve to boost cooperation with Iran in areas of mutual interest, and underlined his government’s willingness to promote bilateral ties with Iran.

He also hailed the Iranian administration for its efforts to create an atmosphere of international confidence and adopting new approach regarding foreign policy.

Diplomatic relations between Iran and Japan were formally established in 1926 and throughout history, the two countries have maintained a friendly and strongly cooperation in various arenas.

The two countries’ officials have held talks in different economic, trade, political, scientific and cultural fields in recent years to explore new ways for expanding bilateral ties.

Kishi in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Morteza Sarmadi on Monday stressed the Japanese companies’ enthusiasm for increasing their activities and investment in Iran’s market.

He welcomed the positive trend of the nuclear talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) which has led to the easing of some sanctions against the Islamic Republic, and announced his government’s support for the negotiations and Tehran’s constructive role in these talks.

Kishi also underscored Iran’s good and extensive economic and trade capacities, and said Japanese firms are willing to play a more active role in Iran’s lucrative market and invest in different sectors.

He expressed the hope that his country’s companies could make long-term investments in Iran after the removal of certain existing obstacles and preparation of the grounds for enhanced trade and economic exchanges.

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