Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday. Photo: Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS
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Abe warns conflict with Iran impacts entire world

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By Bandar AL-JALOUD

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned that military confrontation with Iran will impact global peace and stability, as he visits the Middle East hoping to ease tensions spiked by the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general.

His comments came at the start of a five-day Gulf tour that had been thrown into doubt after Tehran responded to the attack on Qasem Soleimani by launching a barrage of missiles at bases hosting American troops in Iraq, prompting fears of all-out war.

But as those concerns receded, the Japanese prime minister decided to go ahead with the visit and on Sunday discussed regional tensions during an hour-long meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in northwestern Al-Ula province, according to foreign ministry spokesman Masato Ohtaka.

"Any military confrontation in the region that includes a country like Iran will have an impact 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, will not join a U.S.-led coalition in the region.

Tokyo has walked a fine line in balancing its key alliance with Washington and its longstanding relations and interests with Tehran.

Ohtaka said that Abe stressed the importance of a continuous and stable Saudi oil supply to Japan.

The prime minister's tour will also include visits to the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

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Abe taking cue from his China buddy Emperor Xi, nice smiles but speaks with a forked tongue.

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conflict with Iran impacts entire world

Ya don't say!

MBS and Abe look pretty comfy in those smoking robes. All they need are a couple of cigars and a couple of glasses of... wait, MBS isn't allowed to have any kind of alcoholic drink. And that's because of the religion that is imposed on everyone who is born to a Muslim father. Jeez...

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Sitting next to a murderer does wonders for your image. Well done, smiley.

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Judge a man by the company he keeps.

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Any body who eases tension in the Middle East at this moment in time for what ever reason is a good thing.

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Sitting next to a murderer does wonders for your image

But he is not sitting next to Trump or XI. LOL

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Abe looks like he is begging and the prince laughing.

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MBS and Abe look pretty comfy in those smoking robes. All they need are a couple of cigars and a couple of glasses of... wait, MBS isn't allowed to have any kind of alcoholic drink.

Actually, the elites in that part of the world knock back the booze like it's going out of style, if and when they want to.

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Sitting next to a murderer does wonders for your image. 

Sitting next to murderers is part of the job description among political leaders. In fact, being a murderer is for many of them. Has any US president not killed people?

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There's an economic bigger picture hidden somewhere in the back. The Saudis want to keep Iran oil out of the scene. They tried to publicly float the world's biggest company - the Saudi Aramco -in an attempt to diversify their economy. Problem is, they overvalued the company and because they weren't steadfast in book keeping, experts called them out.

The US, with a petrodollar based currency is joined at the hip with Saudi, and they need a few more years to hold Iran down so the Saudis can rectify the Aramco mess before making the company public.....for lots of money. Until then, Iran, with its national - as opposed to multi-corporation - sweet, cheap, easily extractable oil would have to be suppressed - by any means necessary - till the Saudi-US objectives materialize, and heck, any mis-step can cause them to lose it all in a " bringing-democracy-and-freedom-to-the-people-of-Iran " adventure by the US..ala Iraq, ergo Libya etc. The lesser evil is palatable, I'd think.

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A murderer and a questionable PM.

Dialogue with a demagogue.

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Conflict with Iran impacts the entire world. Duh. Stating the obvious sure makes you look brilliant. And sitting next to MBS all smiles is great for peace in the world. You should have stayed in Japan and saved tax payers' money.

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Peacemaker Abe. Cynics aside this is PM Abe in round one of his Global Moment. He may actually be a calm voice for reason in a region on a tinderbox. A bit of Japanese ‘gaman’ and cool headed pragmatism may be just what these blokes need to hear right now. Once emotions take hold things get dangerous. Abe, the stage is yours. Play well.

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Abe: We love your OIL.

Mohammed bin Salman: Thanks for not mentioning that we murder journalists....

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About journalists killings, I'm amazed at the amount of evidence given here against MbS.

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He's helping the people of Japan.

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Abe worned again ? But this time it isn't a neighbour nation.

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Abe: We love your OIL. 

Mohammed bin Salman: Thanks for not mentioning that we murder journalists....

Spot on.

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Serrano:

All countries have some sort of ban on something. Apparently, based on the news about Saudis expulsion, Saudis probably allow kiddie prn - which is banned in most countries. Alcohol, prn (adult and/or kiddie), and/or some books are banned in nearly all countries.

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Is the prime minister of Japan, stupid, grinning like a coon,with the murder MBS

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Is the prime minister of Japan, stupid, grinning like a coon,with the murder MBS

according to the headline, he is “warning” him

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Birds of a feather

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Better to encourage peace than to fan the flames.

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Japaneses has such a Great and Rich Culture, they do not need Cheap Oil, they need to Show Righteousness and Help the Victims, they know EVERYONE knows that TRUTH will WIN.

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