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Japan PM calls on Iran to play constructive role for regional stability

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Japan PM calls on Iran to play constructive role for regional stability
FILE PHOTO: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures during a joint news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump, at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   -   Copyright  JONATHAN ERNST(Reuters)
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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday called on Iran to play a constructive role in securing peace and stability in the Middle East and said Japan is determined to do everything it can to help.

“Amid rising tension, it is essential for Iran to play a constructive role in strengthening peace and stability in the Middle East, so that this region won’t be destabilised further or accidental clashes won’t happen,” Abe told a joint news conference in Tehran with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

The event was aired live in Japan on public broadcaster NHK.

Abe’s Tehran visit comes at a time of increased U.S.-Iranian tensions in recent weeks, a year after Washington abandoned an agreement between Iran and world powers to curb the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of international financial sanctions.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka)

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