|Japanese foreign minister to visit Iran in early Nov.||
TEHRAN – Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to visit Iran in early November to urge the Middle Eastern country to settle the dispute over its nuclear program and discuss the Syrian crisis, a Japanese government source said Friday, Kyodo News reported.
According to the report, Kishida hopes to hold talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and other officials between Nov. 8 and 10, and to reaffirm bilateral cooperation in the areas of environmental conservation and measures against drugs, the source said.
His trip is aimed at helping promote dialogue between Iran and the international community following the inauguration in August of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is seen as a moderate voice in the country.
Iran has close ties with the government of President Bashar al-Assad in civil-war torn Syria.
Following his trip to Iran, Kishida will head to New Delhi, India, to attend a foreign ministers' session of the Asia-Europe Meeting slated for Nov. 11 to 12, according to the source.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe separately met with Rouhani and Zarif on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly in September. He also dispatched Masahiko Komura, vice president of Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, as his special envoy to Iran earlier in the same month.
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