Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Conversation between Japan and the Islamic Republic of Iran
May 18, 2009
On May 18 (Monday), 2009 (JST), Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirofumi Nakasone gave a telephone call to Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran H. E. Mr. Manouchehr Mottaki. It continued for about 20 minutes from 5:50 p.m.
- Minister Nakasone began by expressing his thanks for the kind treatment
he received during his recent visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran from
May 2 (Saturday) to 3 (Sunday). He said that he hoped this visit would lead
to the further development of high-level dialogues between Japan and Iran,
and asked Minister Mottaki to convey his best wishes to President Ahmadinejad.
Minister Nakasone then expressed his happiness that Ms. Roxana Saberi had
been freed, and shared his approval of the Government of Iran’s appropriate
conclusion to this matter.
- In response, Minister Mottaki said that the reexamination of Ms. Saberi’s
case took place at the time of Minister Nakasone’s visit to Iran, and that
he was happy with the judgment passed by the Judiciary. He then pointed
out the importance of putting into practice Japan and Iran’s agreement,
which was entered into when Minister Nakasone visited Iran, to cooperate
in regards to supporting Afghanistan. He also said that a summit meeting
of the Iranian, Afghan, and Pakistani presidents is scheduled to be held
in Tehran soon.
- Minister Nakasone said that he wanted to steadily proceed in cooperating
to support Afghanistan, and that it was essential to breed constructive
cooperative relationships between nations in the area for regional stability.
He said that Japan greatly appreciated Iran’s efforts and hoped that the
summit of the Iranian, Afghan, and Pakistani presidents will contribute
to regional peace and stability. In addition, he once again pointed out
the necessity for Iran’s proactive actions regarding Iran-U.S. relations
and Iran’s nuclear issue. As an example, he encouraged Iran to ratify the
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and to positively work for conclusion
of the IAEA Additional Protocol.
- Minister Mottaki responded that Iran was fulfilling that responsibility
by participating in a variety of international treaties and frameworks such
as the NPT and IAEA, but that Iran was not being given sufficient benefits.
He said that if other countries respected Iran’s rights, Iran would be
able to take new steps forward.
- In conclusion, Minister Nakasone said that he hoped to maintain close relations in the future as well, which Minister Mottaki also agreed to.