Abe, Erdogan To Work To Ease Middle East Tensions

Abe, Erdogan to work to ease Middle East tensions

The leaders of Japan and Turkey say they will work together to bring about stability in the Middle East, as tensions over Iran's nuclear program increase.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tokyo on Monday, after they attended the G20 summit in Osaka over the weekend.

Abe and Erdogan confirmed that they will work closely together to bring about peace in the Middle East. They met separately with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last month, amid an escalation in the tensions between Tehran and Washington.

Abe said Japan will help improve the living conditions of Syrian refugees, who have fled their country's civil war and taken refuge in neighboring Turkey.

The leaders also agreed to speed up negotiations on an economic partnership agreement and to enhance cooperation in the field of disaster preparedness. Both countries are prone to strong earthquakes.