For the first time since 1978, the Japanese Prime Minister flew on an official visit to Iran.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe flew on Wednesday with an official visit to Tehran, where he will meet with Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
«The tension in the Middle East is a matter of concern. As I work, I would like to play the role of peace and stability in this region, taking into account the attention of the international community to this issue. Based on the traditional friendly relations between Japan and Iran, I would like to have a frank exchange of views with the President Rouhani and supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei to reduce tensions (in the region), «said Abe to NHK before departure.
The last visit of the head of the Japanese government to Iran took place in 1978, before the overthrow of the Shah and the formation of an Islamic republic.
It is expected that the central theme of the talks will be the need to preserve the Iranian nuclear deal, despite the US withdrawal from it.
Iran on the anniversary of the US withdrawal from the deal on May 8 announced the termination of the implementation of a number of its items relating to enriched uranium and heavy water. Tehran said it does not consider itself bound by these restrictions.
Iran has indicated that the measures taken are related to US violations of the nuclear deal and the imposition of sanctions against Tehran by Washington, as well as the inability of the remaining members of the agreement (Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia) to adequately solve the problems that have arisen. Iran gave these countries 60 days to secure its interests, promising to return to the execution of suspended obligations, if they manage to solve the problems arising from the actions of the United States.