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Iran Foreign Minister Zarif looks forward to discussions with his Japanese counterpart 

File photo of Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 27, 2019, 03.16 PM (IST)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday said that he was looking forward to discussions with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono as both countries have special interests in the security of the energy market and stability in the Gulf. 

Zarif made the comment in Yokohama, outside of Tokyo, ahead of a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Kono.

Japan has historically had friendly ties with Iran. It is also Washington's closest ally.

Tension between Tehran and Washington have risen since US President Donald Trump's administration last year quit an international deal to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions and began to ratchet up sanctions.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Iranian president Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in June this year amid a brewing confrontation between Iran and the United States.

"Armed conflict needs to be prevented at all costs. Peace and stability in the Middle East is indispensable not only for this region but for global prosperity. No one is hoping for war," the Japanese leader said after the meeting.