Deepening ties with Japan is of great importance for Iran/ Emphasis on unfreezing Iran's foreign exchange resources in Japan/ Americans must respond to world public opinion for not fulfilling their obligations in JCPOA

The President described the Iran-Japan relations as good and friendly and stressed the need to develop and deepen relations between the two countries in all fields, especially economic and trade relations, and said, "For the Islamic Republic of Iran, relations with Japan and the development and deepening of bilateral relations is of great importance”.

Sun 22 - August 2021 - 14:49

Speaking on Sunday during a meeting with the Japanese Foreign Minister, Ayatollah Dr Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi thanked Japan for its humanitarian assistance in the fight against coronavirus, and expressed hope that the continuation of cooperation between the two countries in this field will help eradicate COVID-19 in both countries and the world”.

In this meeting, Ayatollah Raisi stressed the importance of releasing Iran's blocked foreign exchange resources in Japan, noting, "The delay in the release of Iranian assets in Japanese banks cannot be justified”.

In response to the Japanese Foreign Minister's remarks on the necessity and importance of implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as an international agreement, the President said, "Iran has complied with all its obligations under the JCPOA and it is the Americans who have not fulfilled their obligations and unilaterally withdrew from the international agreement and expanded sanctions”.

Stating that the Europeans have also refused to fulfil their obligations under the deal following the United States, Ayatollah Raisi clarified, "Naturally, a country that has adhered to its obligations should be commended, and if a country that has withdrawn from the deal and not fulfilled its obligations must be reprimanded, and the Americans must be accountable to the world public opinion”.

Emphasising that Iran has no problem with the principle of negotiation, the President clarified, "With what justification should the US sanctions against the Iranian nation continue”?

In another part of the conversation, Ayatollah Raisi referred to the recent developments in Afghanistan, and welcomed the efforts of Japan and other countries in the region to help establish peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported peace and stability in Afghanistan, of course, we believe that in Afghanistan, Afghans must decide for themselves”.

“The presence of Americans in the region, including Afghanistan, has not only not brought security to the country, but has posed threats, and today, after 20 years, Americans are admitting that their presence in Afghanistan was wrong," he said.

He added, "We will undoubtedly see this admission in the near future in the case of other countries in the region as well as the Persian Gulf states”.

Ayatollah Raisi also described the security of regional and international waters to be in the interest of all and said, "We consider any insecurity in the region dangerous for regional and international security and we oppose it".

Emphasising that seeking authority in any form in the world would not be in the interest of any nation or region, the President said, "The bullying of the Americans poses a threat to the independence, freedom and identity of nations, and opposing the coercive powers is a necessity for all countries”.

Congratulating the inauguration of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi emphasised the development and deepening of the two countries' long-standing relations and said, "Iran and Japan have had good and friendly relations for a long time and I have no doubt that these relations will develop further during the term of office of the new government”.

"Tokyo has always supported the JCPOA as an international agreement, and we believe that the revival of the deal is in everyone's interest and can solve problems," he said, stressing Japan's efforts to bring peace and stability to the region.

"Tokyo supports the diplomatic efforts of the countries in the region to achieve peace and stability in the region, and our principled position is that the problems must be resolved peacefully and through dialogue,” he said.

 

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