Japan’s Abe set to visit Iran this week

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a EU-Japan summit in Brussels, Belgium March 21, 2017. - Görsel
Japan’s Abe set to visit Iran this week

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to visit Iran from Wednesday to Friday in an attempt to easing regional tension. Abe, will be the first Japanese premier to Iran in 41 years, is expected to meet Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who announced the trip on Tuesday, said, “Amid rising tensions in the Middle East, we plan to encourage Iran, a regional power, to move toward easing tensions at the top leaders’ meetings.” Abe’s planned visit to Iran came after Trump’s Japan visit last month. The tension between Iran and the U.S. mounted after the latter pulled out of a deal between Iran and global powers to end Tehran’s nuclear program in return for lifting sanctions.