Japanese PM, Saudi Crown Prince agree on cooperation for ME peace

TOKYO, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud agreed on Thursday to work closely on peace and prosperity in the Middle East, the Foreign Ministry said.

In their 30-minute telephone conversation, Abe and Prince Mohammed exchanged views on the current situation in the Arabian Gulf, the ministry said.

Their talks come as the premier in considering visiting Iran next month to act as a mediator amid growing tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Japan, which has traditionally maintained friendly ties with Iran, hopes to fulfill its responsibility to contribute to the region’s peace and stability.

The two also confirmed their coordination for the success of the Group of 20 (G-20) Summit in the western Japanese city of Osaka on June 28-29, it said.

G-20 includes the world’s major economies, comprising Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the US and the European Union.

Source: Kuwait News Agency