Qatar and Japan on Sunday called for a de-escalation the tension hanging in the Middle East, shortly before Iran’s second missile attacked US bases
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the region on Sunday, hours before the strikes, hoping to calm tensions sparked by the killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
The Prime Minister had warned that military confrontation with Iran will harm peace and stability across the world.
Iran on Sunday struck US bases again in retaliation to the killing of its army general Soleimani by the American government.
Japan’s prime minister, Abe, discussed regional tensions during an hour-long meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in northwestern al-Ula province, according to Japanese foreign ministry spokesman Masato Ohtaka.
“Any military confrontation in the region that includes a country like Iran will have an effect not only on peace and stability in the region but the peace and stability of the whole world,” Abe said, according to Ohtaka.
Abe called “on all relevant countries to engage in diplomatic efforts to defuse tensions”, Ohtaka added.
The spokesman said “the two leaders agreed on working closely on maritime security in the region and discussed Tokyo’s decision to send a destroyer for intelligence activities along with two P-3C patrol aircraft to the Middle East.”
Japan, however, has said it will not join a US-led coalition in the region.
However, a few hours after the meeting, Soldiers were reportedly wounded as Iran fired several rockets into an Iraqi air base north of Baghdad where US troops are based.