Geneva, 15 December 2023(TDI): Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to attend the 2nd Global Refugee Forum, where she had a meeting with Hossein Amir Abdollahian, the Foreign Minister of Iran.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian emphasized maintaining peace, stability, and security near Afghanistan’s border, expressing readiness to collaborate with Japan on joint initiatives for Afghanistan’s improvement.
The Iranian foreign minister appreciated Japan’s commitment to UN support for Afghanistan, stating that “we are prepared to carry out projects on the improvement of the situation in Afghanistan under mutual cooperation with Japan.”
Furthermore, in response to the happenings in Palestine, Amir Abdollahian appreciated Japan for its efforts and support to reach an agreement in Gaza.
Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian reaffirmed that today’s problem originated 75 years ago, not from the October 7 incident, and that the Zionist state is continuously conducting genocide against Palestinian people in Gaza.
In this context, he further highlighted Iran’s attempts to prevent the war within the region from spreading and to stop the ethnic cleansing in Palestine, reiterating, “We expect Japan to make more efforts to stop the genocide in Gaza and the West Bank.”
He also provided an overview of the US’s position. He pointed out, “The US repeated move to veto United Nations Security Council resolutions demanding a ceasefire in Gaza is not conducive to peace, but is a green light for the Israeli regime to kill more Palestinian people.”
Iran expressed its desire to strengthen cooperation with Japan by leveraging their strong historical ties and highlighting the cultural similarities between the two Asian nations.
Humanitarian Efforts and Readiness for Future Discussions
Reports suggest that the Iranian Foreign Minister has requested that his Japanese counterpart visit Tehran soon to address bilateral ties between the two countries and has urged them both to prohibit other states from interfering in their diplomatic relations.
Japan’s foreign minister, Yoko Kamikawa, expressed satisfaction with her meeting with Iran’s foreign minister and announced plans for future discussions between officials from both sides. She also expressed gratitude to the Iranian foreign minister for inviting her to Tehran.
She reported that Japan is committed to strengthening its bilateral ties with Iran and supporting collaborative negotiations.
Furthermore, Japanese Foreign Minister Kamikawa praised Iran for providing shelter to Afghan refugees, emphasized its role in rebuilding Afghanistan’s peace and security, and expressed its government’s willingness to collaborate with Iran to maintain peace in Afghanistan.