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Iran, Japan foreign ministers issue joint statement
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida meet in Tehran on November 10, 2013.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida meet in Tehran on November 10, 2013.
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, have issued a joint statement calling for improving cooperation on leading bilateral and international issues.


The statement was issued by the Iranian and Japanese foreign ministers on Sunday at the end of Kishida’s two-day official visit to Tehran.

At their official meeting, which took place upon the Iranian foreign minister’s arrival in Tehran from Geneva, the two sides exchanged views on ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation to help improve regional and international peace, the statement read.

According to the statement, the two ministers pointed to a meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the 68th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 26 and stressed the importance of expanding cordial Tehran-Tokyo relations.

It added that Zarif and Kishida voiced their readiness to bolster cooperation on consular affairs, human rights, and political issues.

They urged enhanced cultural ties between Iran and Japan and called for increased exchange of university students and professors.

The Iranian and Japanese ministers praised bilateral cooperation to dispatch financial and humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and expressed readiness to boost close cooperation to fight drug trafficking and help Afghan refugees return home.

Zarif and Kishida held a 50-minute meeting at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport upon the Iranian foreign minister’s arrival in the country following three days of intensive nuclear negotiations with the six major world powers -- the US, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany -- in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Japanese foreign minister arrived in Tehran on Saturday an official two-day visit to hold talks with senior Iranian officials.

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