Japan, Iran Agree to Cooperate to Ease Middle East Tensions


Yokohama, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, agreed Tuesday that their countries will make efforts to de-escalate Middle East tensions, Kono told reporters.

"We confirmed that Japan and Iran will closely communicate to ease regional tensions and stabilize the situation" in the Middle East, Kono said after meeting with Zarif in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, earlier in the day.

At the start of the meeting, Zarif said that it is important to ensure safety in the Persian Gulf, with both Japan and Iran having special interests in the stability of the energy market. The Middle East situation is increasingly tense in line with a deterioration in U.S.-Iran relations.

Kono and Zarif are believed to have exchanged views on a U.S.-proposed initiative of forming an international coalition to protect commercial ships in and around the Strait of Hormuz.

Kono said that he called on Iran afresh to abide with the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers and refrain from taking steps that could spoil the landmark agreement, at a time when the country is enriching uranium to levels beyond the limit set under the deal.

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