Abe considering Iran visit as early as mid-June

No Japanese prime minister has visited Iran since 1978


Reuters May 24, 2019
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting Iran as early as mid-June, NHK national television said on Friday.

The news comes during a tense standoff between Iran and the United States and follows a visit to Japan last week by Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

Abe is likely to discuss the possible Iran visit with US President Donald Trump when the US president visits Japan from Saturday and a final decision may rest on the results of that, NHK said.

No Japanese prime minister has visited Iran since 1978.

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