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Japan PM Abe to meet Iran's Khamenei, Rouhani this week

Baku, June 12, AZERTAC

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani on a visit to Tehran this week, in a bid to ease tension between Washington and Iran that experts called a bold move for a Japanese leader, according to Reuters.

Tension has escalated a year after Washington pulled out of a deal between Iran and global powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in return for lifting sanctions.

Abe will depart on Wednesday for the first visit to Iran by an incumbent Japanese premier in 41 years, although Tokyo and Tehran have friendly ties and mark the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year.

He will meet Rouhani on Wednesday and Khamenei the next day, before leaving Tehran.

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