Dispatch of Prime Minister's Special Envoy Former Foreign Minister Masahiko Koumura to the Middle East

September 28, 2001
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  1. Former Foreign Minister Masahiko Koumura will visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran from Sunday, September 30 to Friday, October 5 as the Prime Minister's Special Envoy.
  2. Former Foreign Minister Koumura will take official letters from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, and plans to hold discussions with the leaders of the Saudi Arabian and Iranian governments. Keeping in mind that it is important for the international community to be united in taking a firm stance after the recent series of terrorist attacks in the United States of America, official letters from Prime Minister Koizumi have been sent lately to the leaders of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the State of Qatar. As part of Japan's ongoing diplomatic efforts, the dispatch of Special Envoy Koumura is planned to confirm cooperation with these countries through his discussions with key government officials in Saudi Arabia and Iran that have significant influence over Islamic states.

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