Visit to Japan by Dr. Kamal Kharrazi, Foreign Minister of Iran

December 17, 1998

  1. Dr. Kamal Kharrazi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, will visit Japan from December 21 (Mon.) to 24 (Thu.) as Guest of the Foreign Minister.

  2. During his stay in Japan, Foreign Minister Kharrazi will have talks with Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, Foreign Minister Masahiko Koumura and other government officials, and will also meet with members of the Diet and business circles.

  3. Dr. Kharrazi served as Ambassador to the United Nations for eight years from 1989 before he became Minister of Foreign Affairs at the inauguration of the administration of President Seyed Mohammad Khatami in August last year (1997). As one of the promoters of the Khatami government's détente foreign policy, he has been vigorously engaged in high-level diplomatic activities with neighboring countries as well as advanced countries including Japan and Europe.

  4. This visit is in response to an invitation extended by Mr. Masahiko Koumura, then State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, when he visited Iran in April this year, and it is the first one by a Foreign Minister of Iran since 1987. The Government of Japan welcomes the realistic and moderate policies of the Khatami administration, and has been implementing an even more active policy toward Iran. The present visit by Mr. Kharrazi is expected to contribute to further strengthening the close relations between Japan and Iran.

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