Araqchi: Iran, Japan should retain good sanction-era ties

Beijing, May 19, IRNA – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi termed Tehran-Tokyo relations during sanctions era as satisfactory, saying that the two countries managed to maintain their good relations despite such conditions.

“It is our pleasure that the two governments could maintain their links and communication capacities during sanctions era,” Araqchi said in a meeting with Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama in Tokyo on Thursday.

Araqchi, meantime, pointed to the Special Payment Account (SPA) during the sanctions era, and said, “This account that was opened due to the efforts of the Japanese government and helped to meet Iran’s pharmaceutical and medical needs during the negotiations with the world powers is praiseworthy.”

The Iranian deputy foreign minister thanked the Japanese government for opening a 10-billion-dollar credit line, and said, “Continuation of this important step and making full use of this credit line to pave the way for participation of Japanese companies in Iran’s economic projects requires the two countries’ joint will.”

At the end, Araqchi asked Sugiyama to pay a visit Iran in the near future.

Sugiyama, for his part, felicitated Iran on the occasion of achieving nuclear agreement with the world powers and the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).


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