Suga: Efforts To Ease Middle East Tension Continue


Suga: Efforts to ease Middle East tension continue

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says Japan will consider various factors before deciding how to respond to a US-led mission to ensure security in the Strait of Hormuz.

Suga told reporters on Tuesday that the government will examine what kind of actions are effective for safe navigation of vessels related to Japan in the region.

He added that Japan will take into account various elements including the need for a stable supply of crude oil and its relationship with the United States and Iran.

Suga mentioned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Iran visit in June as he explained that Japan will basically continue diplomatic efforts to ease tension and stabilize the situation in the Middle East.

The top government spokesperson also disclosed that adjustments are underway for Abe to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York later this month when the UN General Assembly is held.

He said he will refrain from commenting on the agenda at this point.