(Persia Digest) - Japan's government officials are making final adjustments for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's planned visit to Iran next month to hold meetings with its leaders.
NHK World reports that during his talks with US President Donald Trump in Tokyo on Monday, Abe reiterated his intention to act as an intermediary between the United States and Iran.
The Trump administration has sent an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East, citing what it sees as an impending threat from Iran. The move has increased tensions between the two countries.
President Trump has reportedly agreed to Abe's offer and expressed hope that the visit will come as soon as possible.
Japanese officials have begun final adjustments for the mid-June meetings with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
Abe will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit Iran since former prime minister Takeo Fukuda visited in 1978, shortly before the Islamic Revolution.
Japan has maintained good relations with Iran. Abe has emphasized bilateral ties and held meetings with President Rouhani every year since 2013, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
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