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Japan PM says resolving Afghanistan issue needs Iran's presence

ISNA, TEHRAN - Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso said settlement of Afghanistan's issue needs Iran's presence.

In a meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Aso on Thursday in Tokyo, Aso said he has highlighted Iran's important role in resolving regional crises during talks with western countries.

Mottaki on his part praised Japan's move in a donors conference for Pakistan and said "The policy of Iran as a neighbor of Afghanistan and Pakistan has always sought dealing with crises and returning peace to the countries."

"We are ready to work with Tokyo on the issue," he continued.

During the conference on Thursday, Japan said it will pledge up to 1 billion dollar help for the Pakistani government.

Iranian and Japanese officials also discussed ways to expand relations, the new unveiled US policies and mutual cooperation to end problems in Asia.

Mottaki stepped in Japan Wednesday night for the donors conference on Pakistan.

Also during his meeting with Japanese counterpart, Hirofumi Nakasone called Iran's presence in Pakistan's meeting "very positive" and "significant" for Japan.

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