Courtesy Call by Mr. Manouchehr Mottaki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, on Mr. Taro Aso, Prime Minister of Japan

April 16, 2009

  1. Mr. Taro Aso, Prime Minister of Japan, received a courtesy call from Mr. Manouchehr Mottaki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, on the evening of April 16 (Thursday). At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister Aso welcomed Minister Mottaki's visit to Japan and commended Iran's participation in the Pakistan Donors Conference and the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP) Ministerial Meeting. Prime Minister Aso stated that it was important for Iran, having many refugees from Afghanistan, to provide assistance towards Afghanistan, and that Iran could also play a role in providing assistance to Pakistan.
  2. In response, Minister Mottaki commended Japan's assistance towards Afghanistan and Pakistan. He stated that Japan and Iran could cooperate on assistance to Pakistan in addition to Afghanistan. Prime Minister Aso noted the importance of Iran playing an active role in assisting these countries and in other endeavors, towards gaining the trust of the international community, and stated that it was of utmost importance for Iran to regain the international community's trust in relation to the nuclear issue.
  3. With regard to Iran's relations with the United States, Prime Minister Aso, commenting on the Obama administration's forward-looking stance, said that Iran should not miss this opportunity and should take positive action. In response, Minister Mottaki stated that he would regard the comments seriously as those coming from a friend, and that Iran had been listening respectfully and seriously to recent statements by the Obama administration.

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