Abe Off to N.Y. for U.N. Session, Talks with Rouhani, Trump

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for New York on Monday to attend a U.N. General Assembly session and hold meetings with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and U.S. President Donald Trump.

After the New York visit, Abe will move to Brussels on Thursday and deliver a speech at a meeting on strengthening relations between Asia and the European Union.

Abe hopes to discuss with Rouhani stabilizing the situation in the Middle East at their meeting on Tuesday, at a time when concerns about a military clash between Iran and the United States are growing as Washington claims Tehran's involvement in attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

The Japanese leader will try again to mediate between the two sides to de-escalate the tensions, after he held talks with Rouhani and Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during his visit to Iran in June. The upcoming Abe-Rouhani meeting will be the ninth.

At his meeting with Trump on Wednesday, Abe will explain the outcome of his talks with Rouhani.

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