Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Ten reasons behind Shinzo Abe’s visit to Iran


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

The Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe arrived in Iran on Wednesday, received by Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.

1.The visit of the Japanese PM is the first of its kind in 40 years, coinciding with the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries this year.

2. Abe scheduled to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday morning and expressed his hope for a “frank exchange of views” with the two leaders.

3 – Mediation between Iran and the United States, where Japanese reports announced that “Abe” will begin mediation between Iran and US, upon his arrival in Tehran, the visit comes shortly after the visit of US President Donald Trump to Tokyo and on the eve of leaving Tokyo, Japanese authorities said Abe spoke on telephone with Trump and discussed the Iranian issue among other topics. “Trump welcomed Abe’s contribution to Iran.

4.The visit of Abe came shortly after German Foreign Minister Haikou Mas traveled to Tehran on extraordinary missions to deliver messages between the US administration and Iran’s decision-maker, and in an attempt by other European countries to sign the nuclear agreement in 2015 to keep it.

5.”Iran can count on Abe’s visit to lift the sanctions on Iran,” a senior Iranian official said. “Japan can contribute to easing the ongoing tension between Iran and America, as a gesture of good faith. America must either lift unfair oil sanctions or extend or suspend exemptions.

6. The Iranian government said Abe’s visit was “part of the traditional and old relationship between the two countries.”

7 – ensure the stability of its economy, where Japan is one of the most important importers of Iranian oil and US sanctions stopped the import of Iranian oil, and the outbreak of any military confrontation in the region will raise oil prices and may affect the economy of Tokyo.

8. Tokyo seeks to reassure the parties with whom it has strong relations. Abe held various contacts before the visit, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and some Gulf countries, to ensure stability in the Middle East and their economic interests.

9. Abe’s visit to Iran and the role of mediator is an opportunity for this country, which is eager to play important roles and to strengthen its position on the international scene, not long before the G20 summit in Japan on June 28-29.

10.In his first statement from Tehran, the Japanese minister said that his country was “ready to do anything to reduce tension in the region and reduce the escalation between the United States and Iran.” He added that “Iran is an important country in the Middle East and no one wants to escalate tensions with it, “He said.

Read also: Shinzo Abe, first Japanese prime minister to visit Iran in 41 years


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