Iranian speaker cautions Japan of 3rd party attempts to distort bilateral ties
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined the necessity for doubled efforts to further broaden Tehran-Tokyo relations irrespective of third party attempts to darken the two countries' ties.
"It is a good opportunity for Iran and Japan to take longer strides," Larijani said in a meeting with President of the House of Councilors of Japan Chuichi Date in Tokyo on Tuesday.
"Certain countries might be after distorting (our) relations, which we should not (let this materialize)," he cautioned.
Larijani underscored Iran's interest in expanding cooperation with Japan in industrial, technical and trade fields, and said, "There are proper grounds for Japan's investment in Iran in different areas, including the oil, gas, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries."
Chuichi, for his part, said that interactions between the two countries are expected to further increase in political, economic and cultural fields.
Larijani, who arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport late on Monday to visit Japan upon the official invitation of his Japanese counterpart, told the media after landing in the Far-Eastern country that the most important objective of his visit to Japan is to pave grounds for boosting parliamentary and economic cooperation between the two countries.
“Part of talks (with Japanese officials) will be on increasing economic cooperation in various fields,” he added.
“This visit is being made to expand parliamentary ties between the two countries, as well as to exchange views on topics of mutual interest including the fight against terrorism,” the top lawmaker highlighted.
Larijani described the level of Tehran-Tokyo ties in the past as “appropriate”, highlighting the need to increase bilateral cooperation in various fields.
The Iranian Parliament speaker also said that he would discuss cultural and academic ties during the visit.
Speaking to reporters at Mehrabad International Airport prior to his departure to Japan on Monday, Larijani noted that his trip to Japan was taking place in order to develop cooperation between Tehran and Tokyo.