Japanese Prime Minister asks Iran President to help in release of ship and crew

Sunday, December 3, 2023

PanOrient News

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio held a telephone conversation with Iranian President Ayatollah Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday and called on the President to help resolve the seizure of a Japanese-operated ship by Houthis in Yemen.

Kishida, who is visiting Dubai for the COP28 climate conference, stated that he unequivocally condemns the Houthis for taking the vessel and called on Iran to urge the Houthis for its early release and the release of its crew members.

In response, President Raisi explained Iran’s stance on the situation and the two leaders agreed to continue to communicate with each other on the matter.

On the subject of the conflict in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Kishida stated that while Japan welcomed the pause in fighting, the release of hostages and the increased delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, it is regrettable that the fighting has resumed. He said it was important to reduce tensions there as soon as possible.

Kishida also stated that all parties must comply with international law, including international humanitarian law, and that during military operations all possible measures need to be taken to prevent civilian casualties. Kishida also called on Iran to play a role in facilitating the further release of hostages from Gaza.

The two leaders also exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine and the Middle East region in general, as well as nuclear concerns.

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