Iran, Japan to expand cooperation on environment

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Iran and Japan have agreed to expand cooperation in order to cope with environmental challenges, Press TV reported.

Iran's Vice President and Head of the Department of Environment Masoumeh Ebtekar met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, on Thursday.

"Japan and Iran have close relations" and the "environment is one of the key areas for furthering cooperation," Abe told Ebtekar.

During the meeting, the Iranian vice president handed a letter from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to the Japanese prime minister, stressing that the conditions are ripe for promoting bilateral relations between the two countries on environmental issues.

On Wednesday, Ebtekar and the Japanese minister of environment, Nobuteru Ishihara, signed a memorandum to further bilateral cooperation on environmental issues.

Japan and Iran have had good relations over the years. In September 2013, Rouhani and Abe sat for talks on the sidelines of the 68th annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York, calling for the expansion of all-out ties between Tehran and Tokyo.

Also, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida visited Iran in November last year and met with Rouhani and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

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