News ID: 92287
Publish Date : 10 July 2021 - 21:55

TOKYO (Dispatches) – Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is planning to visit Iran to build ties with its new government, Kyodo news agency reported citing diplomatic sources.
“Motegi is expected to meet his Iranian counterpart, possibly in mid-August, as Japan aims to strengthen its traditionally friendly ties with Iran and discuss issues related to Tehran’s nuclear program with the administration of President-elect Ebrahim Raisi,” the sources said.
Raisi is set to assume his post in early August, following his election victory last month. It is the first time in eight years that a principlist has won the presidency.
Iran’s current foreign minister, Muhammad Javad Zarif, under the outgoing government of Hassan Rouhani, is most likely to be replaced.
Motegi’s visit to Iran is expected to be part of a 10-day trip to the Middle East, which will likely also take him to Egypt and Turkey in a bid to help stabilize tensions in the region, the sources said.
It would be the first visit to Iran by a senior Japanese government figure since June 2019 trips by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono.
Motegi is also considering visiting Occupied Palestine and the Palestinian territories, according to the sources.
In Turkey, Motegi is planning to meet with his counterpart to discuss the COVID-19 response and stability in the Middle East. He is also likely to visit Jordan, Iraq and Qatar.

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