Meeting between Mr. Hirofumi Nakasone, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Esfandyar Rahim Mashaee, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

November 28, 2008

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  Today, Mr. Hirofumi Nakasone, Minister for Foreign Affairs, had a meeting with Mr. Esfandyar Rahim Mashaee, Vice President and President of the Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, who is now visiting Japan, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for about 30 minutes from 14:20.

  1. In the meeting, Mr. Nakasone said that Japan attached importance to the traditional friendship between Japan and Iran, referring to the 80th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and the 50th anniversary of the start of cultural exchanges, and expected that the exchange and cooperation between the two countries would be promoted further in various fields and at different levels.  Mr. Nakasone also said that the international community was concerned at Iran’s nuclear issue and thus it would be important for Iran to respond to the requirements of the international community and win its trust.
     
  2. Responding to this, Mr. Mashaee showed expectations that bilateral relations in various fields including culture and arts, tourism and economy would be strengthened, referring to the cordial relationship between Japan and Iran which has a long history.  As to Iran’s nuclear issue, while reiterating Iran’s announced position, Mr. Mashaee said that Iran would continue to make further efforts, including cooperation with the IAEA, to win the trust of the international community.  Mr. Mashaee also made a strong request to visit Iran from Mr. Mottaki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and himself, for Mr. Nakasone.
     
  3. Mr. Mashaee congratulated Japan on being elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.  Mr. Nakasone expressed gratitude for this and expressed his expectation that Japan and Iran would work together now, as the election was over.  Mr. Mashaee agreed and the meeting was closed.
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