Iranian, Japanese Senior Diplomats Meet in Geneva
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi and Director General of the Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau of Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Makio Miyagawa met in the Swiss city of Geneva on Friday, November 8.
The meeting came on the sidelines of two-day nuclear negotiations between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany), in Geneva.
Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi, who is also Iran’s senior negotiator in the nuclear talks, met with the Japanese diplomat while the East Asian country’s foreign minister had announced on October 29 that he would visit Iran in October, in the latest sign of Tehran's rapidly thawing relationship with the western world.
Fumio Kishida said he plans a three-day trip from November 9, the day after Iranian negotiators wrap up talks with world powers in Geneva over the Tehran’s nuclear program.
Tokyo, which is heavily dependent on Middle Eastern oil, has maintained friendly relations with Tehran, keeping up a diplomatic two-way that many developed countries cut off decades ago.
Since President Hassan Rouhani took office in August hopes have been raised of an end to disputes over the country's nuclear program, especially after a round of hectic diplomacy during the UN General Assembly in September.