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Japan to increase diplomacy momentum in the Middle East: FM Motegi

19 Jan 2020
Motegi expressed Japan’s alliance with the United States, while maintaining relations with Iran and the rest of Middle East countries.
Motegi expressed Japan’s alliance with the United States, while maintaining relations with Iran and the rest of Middle East countries.
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Updated 21 Jan 2020
19 Jan 2020

Khaldon Azhari Tokyo

Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said the country “will continue to develop diplomacy with a sense of tolerance and strength” in the Middle East. 

During a press conference, Motegi said one of Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s main goals is to “de-escalate tensions,” especially after his visit last week to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Oman.

Foreign Minister Motegi said these countries play a key role in reducing regional tensions and stabilizing the region. 

The two sides agreed that all concerned countries should make every possible diplomatic effort, so they can raise the momentum for a peaceful solution through dialogue on various issues in the region. Motegi said.

Motegi also said that the leaders of those countries exchanged opinions frankly with Abe. During his Middle East trip, the PM explained the Japanese Self Defense Forces (SDF) mission in the information gathering activities in the waters facing Oman and Yemen, which were aimed at ensuring the safe navigation of Japanese vessels.

Motegi expressed Japan’s alliance with the United States, while maintaining relations with Iran and the rest of Middle East countries.

“These relations will help Tokyo to continue its persistent diplomatic efforts to reduce tension in the Middle East and stabilize the situation in cooperation with the United States,” Motegi said.

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