Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo arrived in Tehran on Wednesday afternoon to begin a historic trip to the Middle Eastern country. Abe becomes the first Japanese head of state to visit Iran in the past four decades.

Iran Press/Iran news: Prime Minister Abe is set to hold talks with both the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.

He is expected to try to mediate escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Officially, Japan and Iran are marking the 90th anniversary of their diplomatic relationship this year.

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The relationship between Iran and Japan dates back to 1929 and a friendship agreement was signed between the two countries in 1939. In fact, 1929 is the beginning of the official relationship between the two sides.

The friendly ties continued after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in February 1979. The expansion of relations between the two countries have been remarkable in various fields.

During the past 41 years, the two sides have tried to maintain visits and consultations by sending political, diplomatic, cultural and economic delegations, and holding conventions, exchanges between leaders and senior officials, and hold meetings on the sidelines of international summits, and major gatherings.

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The two countries have tried to maintain political, diplomatic, cultural and economic relations through holding conferences and meetings, exchanges, and exchanging views of the leaders and senior officials on the sidelines of summits and major international conferences. Abe's two-day visit is the first to Iran for a Japanese premier since Takeo Fukuda in 1978.

Speaking at Tokyo's Haneda Airport just before departing, Abe acknowledged "rising tensions" in the Middle East and said, "Japan wants to do as much as possible towards peace and stability in the region."

At a news conference in Tokyo, Japan's Chief Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Abe had spoken by telephone for about 20 minutes on Tuesday with President Trump and that the two leaders had "exchanged views on regional issues, including the situation in Iran."

Relations between the US and Iran have been particularly strained since Washington withdrew from the 2015 nuclear accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), re-imposed sanctions on Tehran and dispatched an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the region.


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