Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be to visit Iran next week for the very first pay a visit to to the country by a Japanese leader for almost four decades.
A government official informed AFP that Tokyo was “still arranging details, including whom our prime minister will meet there” however local media has declared Abe will hold discussions with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
Semi-official Iranian news agency IRNA also confirmed the visit. It declared that Mr. Abe is scheduled to meet with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
Local news agency Kyodo reported it would be the first such visit for 41 years.
As tensions intensify between Iran and Japan’s key ally the United States, Mr Abe has reportedly proposed serving as a go-between by directly holding talks with Iran’s key leaders.
During his state visit to Tokyo in late May, US President Donald Trump claimed he remained open to talks with Tehran, appearing to give the green light to Mr. Abe’s plan.