Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan agreed Monday to secure a stable oil supply to Japan and closely cooperate to help reduce tensions in the Middle East.

During the talks in Abu Dhabi, Abe briefed the crown prince on Japan's deployment of a destroyer and reconnaissance planes to the Middle East, excluding the Persian Gulf, to safeguard commercial shipping, Japanese officials said.

The crown prince hailed Tokyo's role in ensuring maritime safety and pledged to offer cooperation as a country in the region.