Japan-Iran Foreign Ministers' Meeting (Overview)
July 8, 2012
- On Sunday, July 8, the Japan-Iran Foreign Ministers' Meeting was held between Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Dr. Ali Akbar Salehi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, from 2:15 pm for approximately 40 minutes.
- Minister Gemba, welcoming Minister Salehi's visit to Japan for the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan, stated that the roles of Iran for the nation-building of Afghanistan would be important, and appreciated Minister Salehi's participation in the conference. In response, Foreign Minister Salehi stated that he was pleased to be able to exchange opinions on regionally and internationally important issues and explained about Iran's efforts on the issue of Afghan refugees in Iran.
- Moreover, in terms of Iran's nuclear issue, Minister Gemba stated that Iran should make efforts to gain confidence of the international community and it would be important for Iran to exercise its flexibility in the talks with the EU3+3, to take concrete measures without delay, and to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In response, Foreign Minister Salehi stated that Iran had taken a step forward to talks with the EU3+3 out of its goodwill and explained Iran's stance that all the nuclear activities of Iran are for peaceful purposes. The ministers shared the view on continuing the exchanges of opinions in the future.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)