Friday, January 14, 2005

Japan praises Iran’s campaign against terrorism, drug trafficking

Japan praises Iran�s campaign against terrorism, drug trafficking: "Japan praises Iran’s campaign against terrorism, drug trafficking

TEHRAN, Jan. 14 (MNA) -- Japan's visiting deputy Foreign Minister Ichiro Isawa met here on Wednesday with Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
In the meeting, Rafsanjani analyzed developments in both Iraq and the region stating, "The American military presence in the area is a persistent threat against security and stability in the region.

"Holding an election in Iraq is the first positive step toward Iraq's independence, the Iraqi people's sovereignty, and their ability to make decisions for their own fate," he added.

Referring to Japan's importance and position in Iran's foreign policy, Rafsanjani said that the Iranian people and government greatly honor Japan as a nation who succeeded in achieving beneficial progress in their country.

Isawa, for his part, explained his government's positions concerning regional and international issues and said stability in the Middle East region is a benefit to world peace.

He stressed his country's efforts in providing security, reconstruction and political progress in Iraq and praised Iran's effort in those areas.

Isawa also appreciated Iran's hard work and efforts in the campaign against terrorism and narcotic drugs.

Japan's deputy foreign minister also asked Iran's support for Japan's membership at the UN Security Council."

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