September 17, 2019 / 5:50 AM / a month ago

Japan's Abe says he will meet Iran's Rouhani this month in New York: NHK

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference after reshuffling his cabinet at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the end of the month, as regional tensions rise in the Middle East after the weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities, public broadcaster NHK said.

It was during a meeting with members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party that Abe repeated his intention of speaking with Rouhani on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, according to NHK.

Abe added that he would travel to Belgium after the UNGA session and meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, NHK said.

Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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