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Trump thanks Abe for efforts to ease US-Iran tensions

IANS  |  Washington 

U.S. spoke over phone with Japanese Shinzo on and bilateral trade.

The two leaders on Friday discussed Abe's recent trip to Iran, the ongoing U.S.-bilateral trade negotiations and Trump's upcoming trip to the Group of 20 (G20) summit in late June, reported, citing a statement.

"Trump thanked for his effort to facilitate communication with Iran," said the statement.

paid a visit to earlier this week, which was the first visit made by a Japanese since in 1978.

The rare visit aimed at easing tensions between and

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, however, told Abe on Thursday that it was meaningless to exchange message with Trump, according to Iranian

"While I very much appreciate P.M. Abe going to to meet with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, I personally feel that it is too soon to even think about making a deal. They are not ready, and neither are we!" Trump tweeted on Thursday.

Abe's visit was also overshadowed by the attacks on two in the Sea of on Thursday, with at least one of them operated by a Japanese company.

The has claimed that Iran is responsible for the attacks, while called U.S. allegation as "sabotage "



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First Published: Sat, June 15 2019. 01:10 IST