Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is arranging to talk with new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran on Sunday, diplomatic sources reported Saturday.
The conference with Raisi, an anti-U.S. conservative hardliner who took business office this month, comes as Iran faces a deadlock in nuclear talks with the United States and Europe. Japan, meanwhile, has built helpful ties with Tehran while also remaining allied with Washington.
Mixed photo shows Japanese International Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (L) and new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. (Kyodo)
Motegi is on a trip to the Center East that also saw him pay a visit to Israel, yet another country that not long ago underwent alterations in government.
Immediately after arriving in Tehran on Saturday, Motegi is expected to hold talks with Raisi and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday. He is also planning to meet up with with Hossein Amir Abdollahian, a previous Iranian deputy overseas minister who is set to thrive Zarif under the Raisi administration, the resources explained.
Raisi has called for the lifting of U.S. sanctions on Iran, which have been strengthened because 2018 when then President Donald Trump’s administration unilaterally walked out of the 2015 nuclear offer with Tehran.
Below the deal, Iran and 6 important powers agreed to limit Tehran’s nuclear activities in return for sanctions aid.
Whilst indicating he will continue oblique talks with the U.S. administration of President Joe Biden, Raisi’s unwillingness to compromise on nuclear difficulties could intensify the confrontation amongst the two nations around the world.
There are phone calls within just the Iranian authorities to question Japan to mediate and thrust the United States to simplicity the sanctions, according to the sources.
Because getting place of work, Raisi has held phone talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and has met with Indian Exterior Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in person.
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