Japan Ready for New Ties

Japan Ready for New TiesJapan Ready for New Ties

A senior Japanese lawmaker expressed Tokyo's readiness for a new chapter in political, parliamentary, economic, commercial and cultural relations with Iran.      

Tadamori Oshima, speaker of Japan's House of Representatives, made the remark in a meeting with Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on the sidelines of the ongoing Fourth World Conference of Parliament Speakers in New York, ICANA reported.  He described Iran as a significant country with a rich history, saying, "Iran and Japan have maintained good and traditional relations."

He called for expansion of bilateral cooperation in various fields in view of the capacities of both sides.  The Japanese speaker expressed pleasure about the July 14 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) and hoped the deal will be come into effect soon.

Noting that Japan is a victim of nuclear weapons, Oshima said, "Tokyo well understands the critical situation in the Middle East and is ready to cooperate with Iran with a view to bringing peace and stability to the region and beyond."

Larijani called Japan a "friendly" country for Iran and said Iranian officials and people hold a positive view on expansion of ties with the East Asian country.

"Iran and Japan enjoy deep historical relations in different fields…," he said, calling for exploiting the potential to enhance relations.  "In the post-sanctions era, the stage would be set for collaboration and investment in the fields of economy, commerce, oil and petrochemicals as well as medical industries with the aim of serving mutual interests," he said.

Larijani invited his Japanese counterpart to visit Iran.  

The Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament started at the United Nations on Monday and will close tomorrow. The meeting is a forum for dialogue and cooperation between parliaments at the highest level.

Convened by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the event is part of a series of high-level meetings leading up to the UN summit in late September, at which the new Sustainable Development Goals will be launched.