Japan Urges Iran to Ensure Hormuz Navigation Safety
New York, Sept. 24 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday that Japan wants Iran to fulfill its responsibility as a Persian Gulf littoral state for ensuring the safety of navigation for ships going through the Strait of Hormuz.
Holding talks in New York for about an hour, Abe and Rouhani discussed ways to ease tensions between Iran and the United States.
After Abe requested Iran's action regarding the navigation safety, Rouhani said that he will propose an initiative among Middle Eastern countries in his speech at the U.N. General Assembly session on Wednesday.
The envisaged initiative would be dubbed HOPE, which stands for Hormuz Peace Endeavor, Rouhani said. But he stopped short of unveiling details.
With the initiative, Iran apparently aims to counter a plan proposed by the United States to form an international coalition to protect commercial ships in and around the Strait of Hormuz, pundits said.
[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]