Japan’s Prime Minister to visit Iran, a first in 40 years

According to Mikrofonnews Agency (MHA), Japanese officials say Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to visit Iran and meet with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani sometimes in July.

This will be the first official visit of Iran by a Japanese Prime minister in the past 40 years. Takeo Fukuda was last Japan’s Prime minister who traveled to Iran in 1978. Earlier, Shinzo Abe and Hassan Rouhani had met on the sideline of the UN General Assembly in New York in 2017.

According to Japanese media, it is expected that Japan’s Prime Minister talks with President Rouhani over Iran’s nuclear deal which was terminated by President Trump on May 8.

Tokyo is also seeking to improve relations with Iran, a country which is the biggest producer of natural gas and oil in the region. Besides Iran, Abe will visit Saudi Arabia and Egypt as well during his Middle East tour. The exact date of the official visits to be announced by Japan’s government in the coming days.