Seeking economic support, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani concluded two-day Japan visit

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 21, 2019, 04.37 PM(IST) Edited By: Abhilash Mahajan

Hassan Rouhani Shinzo Abe Photograph:( AFP )

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The visit to Japan was the first by an Iranian head of state in two decades and came following deadly protests in Iran over fuel price hikes. 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani concluded his two-day trip to Japan on Saturday, where the sanctions-hit Islamic country sought economic support from Tokyo.

On Saturday, Rouhani held a closed meeting at a Tokyo hotel with Japanese business leaders, during which he criticised US sanctions and expressed hope for boosting long-standing ties with Japan, public broadcaster NHK said, quoting the Iranian foreign ministry.

The economic crisis in Iran deepened after the US withdrew from the historic Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last year and imposed sanctions on the country. The JCPOA limits Iran's uranium enrichment capacity and prevents the country from sanctions. 

The visit to Japan was the first by an Iranian head of state in two decades and came following deadly protests in Iran over fuel price hikes. 

In a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, Rouhani sought help from Japan and other countries to revive the Iranian economy. 

"We welcome any plan that can increase trade, especially in the field of energy and increasing the exports and sales of oil," Rouhani told Abe, according to Iranian state news agency IRNA.

The Japanese PM asked his counterpart to follow the 2015 nuclear deal, adding that Tokyo will do its best to ensure stability is maintained in the Middle East. Rouhani asked Abe to work with other countries to keep the nuclear deal in place. 

Japan is a key US ally and in an attempt to ease tensions between Iran and the United States, Abe earlier visited Tehran in June. 

(with inputs from AFP and Reuters)