Japan’s Abe Heads to Tehran in Historic Visit
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s two-day visit this week to the Iranian capital, where he plans to meet with both Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, is the first by a Japanese premier in four decades. Yet while the trip officially marks 90 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Iran, the fact that it follows President Trump’s recent visit to Tokyo suggests Abe is hoping to mediate the unfolding drama between Tehran and Washington.
What could he achieve? While analysts doubt he’ll produce any meaningful movement, Abe is expected to receive a boost domestically as a global statesman.