Visit by Rouhani to Japan Being Arranged for This Month


Tokyo, Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)--Arrangements are under way for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to visit Japan later this month for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japanese government sources said Thursday.

Rouhani will be the first Iranian president to come to the East Asian nation since Mohammad Khatami's visit in October 2000.

The Abe-Rouhani meeting is likely to take place on Dec. 21 or 22, according to the sources. Abe is slated to visit China on Dec. 23-25, while Rouhani is scheduled to attend an international conference in Malaysia on Dec. 20.

Tehran is expected to seek ways to ease its tensions with Washington through the meeting with Abe, who has a good relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump.

In May, Iran began a phased suspension of its commitments under its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers after the United States withdrew from it last year.

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