Japan foreign minister arrives in Iraq

Japan’s foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi arrived in Baghdad on Saturday, according to Iraqi media.

The Japanese diplomat will hold talks with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein, state news agency INA cited Iraq’s foreign ministry as saying.

It is still unclear whether Motegi would meet Iraqi President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi during his visit.

Meanwhile Motegi is to have a visit to Iran on Sunday to meet with Iranian high-ranking officials, according to Japanese media.

Japan Times said that according to “diplomatic sources”, Motegi is expected to hold talks with President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday.

He is also planning to meet with Hossein Amir Abdollahian, a former Iranian deputy foreign minister who is set to succeed Zarif under the Raisi administration, the newspaper added.

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