Kono Meets Head Of Iranian Lawmakers' Group

Kono meets head of Iranian lawmakers' group

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and an Iranian lawmaker promoting ties with Japan have agreed that the two countries will cooperate to ease tensions in the Middle East.

Kono met with Asadollah Abbasi, head of the Iran-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group, in Tokyo on Monday. The meeting comes at a time of hostilities between Iran and the United States.

At the beginning, Kono said he wanted to exchange views on the relationship between Japan and Iran, and the alleviation of tensions in the Middle East.

Abbasi pointed out that this year marks 90 years since the two countries established diplomatic ties, and noted that the process to expand relations is going well.

Arrangements are being made for a meeting between Kono and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is expected to visit Japan soon. The meeting could be held as early as Tuesday.

The two ministers are expected to exchange opinions as the US is calling for an international coalition to ensure the security of the Strait of Hormuz.