Friday, September 29, 2023

Japan, Iran leaders to meet in Sept in New York – Kyodo

TOKYO, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi will meet in New York in September to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme among other issues, Kyodo news agency said on Sunday, quoting unnamed Iranian diplomatic sources.

Iran aims to promote relations with Japan, traditionally a friendly nation, to avoid international isolation as Iran’s talks with the United States and Europe over their nuclear deal have stalled, Kyodo said.

No comment was immediately available from Japan’s foreign ministry.

Kishida and Raisi also met last September when they visited New York for the U.N. General Assembly.

Indirect talks between Washington and Tehran to revive the nuclear agreement have been stalled since last September, although the two are trying to ease tensions. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last week that he would welcome any Iranian steps to de-escalate its “growing nuclear threat”. …