Rouhani conveys invite for Abe to visit Iran to Kishida


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani invited Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit his country during his meeting with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tehran on Tuesday.

Kishida told Rouhani that Abe wishes to visit Iran at an appropriate time, according to sources with access to the meeting.

Abe intends to visit Iran before the year’s end at the earliest. Rouhani told Kishida at the outset of the meeting that Iran hopes to expand cooperation with Japan after bilateral relations stalled amid international sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation.

Kishida and Rouhani exchanged views on how the two countries can strengthen relations as Japan has agreed on the conclusion of a bilateral investment treaty with Iran, which reached a nuclear accord with six world powers in July.

When Rouhani met with Abe on Sept. 27 on the sidelines of a U.N. General Assembly session, he expressed his interest in expanding cooperation with Japan in various areas, such as transportation and the environment.

Since Iran needs to fulfill the nuclear accord for Japan to deepen cooperation, Kishida urged Rouhani to ensure the fulfillment.