Abe Considering Trip to Iran

Politics

Tokyo, May 24 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a visit to Iran from June 12, government officials said Friday.

Abe hopes to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to directly request that he take steps to ease heightening tensions with the United States, the officials said.

The prime minister is expected to finalize his decision on the visit after hearing U.S. President Donald Trump's opinion at their summit in Tokyo slated for Monday.

Abe expressed concerns over the conflict between the United States and Iran at a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on May 16.

Zarif's hastily arranged visit to Japan ahead of the Japan-U.S. summit apparently reflected hopes for a Japanese role in breaking the impasse, with Abe seen as close to Trump.

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