Japan-Iran Foreign Ministerial Meeting
April 16, 2009
- On April 16, 2009 (Thursday) (JST), for about 20 minutes from just after
5:10 p.m. Minister of Foreign Affairs Hirofumi Nakasone and Minister of
Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Manouchehr Mottaki, currently
visiting Japan, held the Japan-Iran Foreign Ministerial Meeting.
- Minister Nakasone welcomed Minister Mottaki’s visit to Japan for the
Pakistan Donors Conference and the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP)
Ministerial Meeting, and expressed the desire for closer relations between
Japan and Iran in this year, the 80th anniversary of the establishment of
diplomatic relations between the two countries. Minister Mottaki responded
that he wished to seize the opportunity of this visit to Japan to put his
efforts into strengthening the relations between the two countries.
- The two ministers exchanged opinions on the situation in Afghanistan
and Pakistan. Minister Mottaki stated that Iran, as a member of Asia, was
concerned about the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan for the sake of
Asia as a whole, and Iran had cooperated in resolving the problems of Afghanistan
for more than 30 years. Commending Japan’s assistance towards Afghanistan
and Pakistan, Minister Mottaki expressed his desire to see bilateral cooperation
on assistance to Pakistan in addition to Afghanistan, and the two ministers
agreed that they would hold further discussions going forward.
- With regard to US-Iran relations, Minister Nakasone encouraged Iran
to take the initiative in taking constructive steps on this matter. Minister
Mottaki mentioned that Iran would regard Japanese comments as the one from
a friend, and responded that Iran had been listening respectfully and seriously
to recent statements by leading US figures.
- With regard to the nuclear issue, Minister Nakasone communicated Japan’s concerns, and encouraged Iran to make efforts to restore the trust of the international community.