Mideast Instability a Global Threat

Mideast Instability a Global Threat
Mideast Instability a Global Threat

The director-general of the political bureau at Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs conferred with Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Sunday in Tehran.

Tsukasa Uemura described the instability prevailing in the Middle East as a threat to the international community and said, "The crisis-hit governments in the region should be supported to (be able to) maintain stability and security for their citizens."

Referring to the growing relations between Iran and Japan, Uemura described Iran's role in the regional developments as significant and said, "Japan attaches great importance to consultations with Iran to help find an appropriate solution to the crises in the Middle East region."

He stressed the need to seek a political solution to the Syrian crisis and said, "Japan will continue its efforts to dispatch humanitarian aid to Syria and Lebanon."

Amir-Abdollahian, for his part, said Iran sees "grave contradictions" in the intentions of the United States and its allies in addressing issues such as the campaign against terrorism, the rise of the Islamic State (IS) and the crisis in Syria.  

The deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs reiterated, "Unfortunately, they are not willing to learn lessons from the repeated mistakes they have made over the past years."

In addition, he stressed the significance of reinforcing the Iraqi government in its fight against the IS terrorist group and said the government, army and volunteer forces in Iraq are capable enough to protect their territory, while their allies are required to back them.