Iran, Japan must improve relations: President Rouhani
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says "very appropriate" grounds have been prepared for Iran and Japan to improve relations and to make up for previous shortcomings, Press TV reported.
In a meeting with the visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Tuesday, Rouhani said bilateral cooperation can reach an appropriate level considering the political will of the two sides.
He said Tehran and Tokyo can cooperate in different sectors including energy, environment, transportation, dam construction, culture and research.
Considering the existing capacities and the new circumstances, Iran and Japan should work for the expansion of cooperation, which will serve the two nations and the region, Rouhani stated.
He added that the two countries can also make joint investment in auto-making industry for the entire region including the Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Japan's determination to boost Iran ties
The Japanese foreign minister, for his part, said his country is determined to enhance relations with Iran in all fields, particularly economy.
He welcomed a landmark nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers in July and expressed hope that Iran and Japan would make use of the opportunity created after the agreement to improve economic, political and cultural ties.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia - plus Germany finalized the text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the JCPOA, over Iran's nuclear program in the Austrian capital of Vienna on July 14.
Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.