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Abe asks Iran to release American captives: Report

IANS  |  Tokyo 

Japanese Shinzo has asked Iranian leaders during his visit to release American captives detained by the country, at the request of US Donald Trump, Agency quoted a source as saying on Friday.

At least four Americans, including a Navy veteran who has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, are being detained in the

is believed to have requested the releases during his talks with Iranian on Wednesday and Ayatollah on Thursday, the source told Agency.

Their response remains unknown.

visited as the first Japanese leader to do so in 41 years in hope of serving as a between and Washington, with tensions having flared in recent weeks and concern growing about possible inadvertent military clashes in the region.

But said on Thursday that it will not negotiate with the US, rejecting Abe's bid to dialogue between the two foes amid escalating tensions in the

The Japanese admitted the road to easing tensions in the region amid the standoff between Iran and the US will be rough but will continue to work toward achieving peace and stability.

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First Published: Fri, June 14 2019. 09:10 IST
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