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Netanyahu Briefs Japanese PM Ahead Of Iran Visit

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, stands as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during a press conference at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, Pool)

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday to clarify Israel’s stance on Iran.

Abe is due in Tehran on June 12, for a three-day visit focused on trade and bilateral relations.

After the 30 minute phone conversation Netanyahu wrote on Twitter that “I made it clear to him that we must continue to pressure Iran in order to block its aggression in the region.”

A statement issued by the Japanese foreign ministry said that the two leaders “shared the view to advance mutual cooperation aimed at stability in the Middle East.”

Japan, a strong U.S. ally with economic ties to Iran has been see as a potential negotiator.

This was highlighted during U.S. President Donald Trump's visit in May in Japan where he said that Abe has a “very good relationship with Iran."

Times of Israel