Abe, Trump Discuss Iran Situation over Phone

Politics

Tokyo, June 11 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the situation in Iran and other issues in their 20-minute telephone talks on Tuesday.

The two leaders are believed to have coordinated their countries' policies toward Iran ahead of Abe's visit to the Middle East nation. The Japanese government did not disclose details of the talks.

Trump may have voiced his hope for Abe to mediate between Washington and Tehran to help ease their tensions, according to informed sources. The president has shown his eagerness to hold dialogue with Iranian leaders.

At a press conference Tuesday morning, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga officially announced that Abe will visit Iran for three days from Wednesday. Abe will hold talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to the top government spokesman.

"During the visit, the prime minister will call on leaders of the regional superpower to work on easing heightened tensions in the Middle East," Suga added.

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