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Japan's Foreign Minister plans will visit Iran to build ties with its new government, diplomatic sources in Tokyo said Friday.

Toshimitsu Motegi is expected to meet his Iranian counterpart, possibly in mid-August, as Japan aims to strengthen its traditionally friendly ties with Iran and discuss issues related to Tehran’s nuclear science with the administration of President-elect Ebrahim Raisi, the sources said.

According to Japan Times, Moteghi’s visit to Iran is expected to be part of a 10-day trip to the Middle East, which will likely also take him to Egypt and Turkey to help stabilize tensions in the region.

It would be the first visit to Iran by a senior Japanese government figure since the visit of the June 2019 by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

Motegi is also considering visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories as Japan looks to build a relationship with the Israeli government under new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and offer assistance to reconstruct Gaza following the bombing by Israel in May, according to the sources.

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