TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – High-ranking foreign ministry officials from Iran and Japan attended the 11th Joint Consular Meeting of the two countries in Tokyo.
During the meeting, the two sides celebrated the 90th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations between Iran and Japan and called for efforts to strengthen the ties in various areas, the consular affairs in particular.
The consular directors of the two countries’ foreign ministries exchanged views about consular problems, easing visa restrictions on citizens of both countries, and preventing the entry and residence of illegal citizens.
They also discussed police and judicial cooperation between the Iranian and Japanese governments in the fight against human trafficking and illicit drugs.
Iran and Japan have ramped up efforts in recent years to boost bilateral relations in diverse political and economic fields.
Back in October 2018, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed the necessity for the two Asian countries’ private sectors to boost cooperation and joint investments.
“Age-old relations between Iran and Japan have always been cordial and the two nations have a special respect for each other,” Rouhani said at a meeting with Japan’s new ambassador to Tehran on October 16.
The two countries have common views about many international issues and the meetings of the two countries’ officials in various international circles, especially on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, have always been positive and in line with efforts to deepen ties, he added.
The Japanese envoy, for his part, said his country is willing to develop amicable relations and cooperation with the Islamic Republic.
He said despite US pressures and sanctions, Japanese companies and government will remain in Iran and continue their work.