Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kicks off Middle East visit as US-Iran tensions ease
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the Middle East from Jan 11, underscoring the strategic and economic importance of the region to his country. Mr Abe’s trip will begin in Saudi Arabia, followed by the UAE and Oman. He had postponed his trip when tensions flared after the US attack on Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the purpose of the trip is to ease tensions in the region, for stable energy supply, and to seek cooperation for the safety of Japanese vessels in the East Sea.
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