Abe Keen to Realize Trump-Rouhani Talks

Politics

Yokohama, Aug. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe demonstrated his eagerness on Friday to serve as a mediator to realize a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

"I'll work persistently to ease the tensions of the Middle East," Abe said at a news conference in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, voicing his hope to play such a role by creating a situation allowing for talks including Iran.

"Japan attaches importance to dialogue with Iran," he said.

The prime minister also indicated that he will hold talks with Rouhani on the sidelines of a U.N. General Assembly session in September, saying, "I'd like to hold careful discussions."

On a U.S.-proposed initiative to form an international coalition to protect commercial ships in and around the Strait of Hormuz, Abe said, "It's natural to make all-out efforts to ensure the safety of navigation of ships linked to Japan."

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