Iran'sdeputy FM arrives in Japan

July 3, 2007 - 0:0

TOKYO (IRNA) -- Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific and the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs Mehdi Safari arrived here Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters upon his arrival, Safari said he is visiting Japan to attend the 16th round of bilateral talks between the two countries' deputy foreign ministers, to be held Thursday. He described as "positive" mutual relations between Tehran and Tokyo, saying, "The sides are to discuss bilateral ties in various political, economic and cultural fields." He added he would also meet with Japan's parliamentary groups. Japan's Foreign Ministry announced in a statement on Wednesday that Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mitoji Yabunaka will head the Japanese delegation to the talks. Tehran-Tokyo relations, Iran's nuclear program, the situation in Iraq, the Middle East peace process and Iran's role in regional developments are among major topics to be raised by the two sides, said the statement. The 15th round of talks between the two sides was held in Tehran