Talks between Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Mahdi Safari, Vice Foreign Minister for Asian, Oceania and Commonwealth of Independent States, of Iran

June 29, 2007

For about 30 minutes from 10:20 on June 29 (Fri), Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, had talks with Dr. Mahdi Safari, Vice Foreign Minister for Asian, Oceania and Commonwealth of Independent States, of Iran.

  1. Dr. Safari conveyed a message from Mr. M. Mottaki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, to Mr. Aso inviting Mr. Aso to visit Iran.  Dr. Safari said that the Japan-Iran Vice-Ministerial Regular Consultation held on June 28 was very significant and that he hoped to expand overall bilateral relations including politics, economy and culture.
  2. Concerning Iran’s nuclear issue, Dr. Safari said that Dr. Mohammad-Javad Larijani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, was conducting meaningful consultations with both Dr. Javier Solana, High Representative for EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, and Mr. Mohamed ElBaradei, IAEA Director General, and that an IAEA delegation would visit Iran next week.  Mr. Aso then said that Iran should not isolate herself in the international community by its nuclear issue but that Iran needs transparency to gain credit with the international community.
  3. Regarding direct talks between the U.S. and Iran over the Iraqi situation, Dr. Safari said that Iran was studying in a proactive manner the continuation of the triangular framework of the U.S., Iran and Iraq.  He also outlined Iran’s assistance to Afghanistan and Iraq.  In response, Mr. Aso said that it was desirable for talks to continue between Iran and the U.S.  As to Iran’s assistance to Afghanistan and Iraq, Mr. Aso said that it is important for Iran to get the international community to understand its assistance.
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