Courtesy Call on Hon. Mr. Isao Iijima

AFG-JPN

September 4, 2017: Mr. Basir Hamdard, First Secretary for the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, had the honor and pleasure of accompanying His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat during a courtesy call with the Honorable Mr. Isao Iijima, Advisor to the H.E. the Prime Minister of Japan and Senior Fellow of Keidanren, at his office in the Prime Minister’s secretariat.

Hon. Mr. Isao Iijima extended a sincere and warm welcome to his long time friend H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohabbat and Mr. Hamdard, as well as congratulated H.E. Dr. Mohabbat on his recent appointment as the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Japan. H.E. Dr. Mohabbat thanked Hon. Mr. Iijima for his kind words and praised the strong friendship and relationship between Afghanistan and Japan, which he likened very much to their own personal friendship.

Moreover, Mr. Hamdard also thanked Hon. Mr. Iijima, on behalf of people of Afghanistan, for Japan’s steadfast and continuous support of Afghanistan over the years during its road to progress and democracy. In addition, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat asked that Hon. Mr. Iijima's kind assistance to continue Japan’s support for Afghanistan in the future, especially in the realm of economics in the private sector as well as international trade. H.E. Dr. Mohabbat and Mr. Hamdard expressed their hope that Hon. Mr. Iijima would use his considerable influence as Senior Fellow of Keidanren, Japan's largest Association of economic federation, to encourage the Japanese private sector to further invest in Afghanistan, thus promoting advanced trade between Afghanistan and Japan. Hon. Mr. Iijima vowed that Japan would stand with Afghanistan and give further support towards economic development of the country. The gentlemen further discussed topics of mutual interest including the recent speeches by leaders of allied nations planning for active steps to achieving further peace and security in Afghanistan, as well as Japan eagerness to advance its investment in the economics and import/export of Afghanistan with further progress in the security sector as it has been attaining under the National Unity Government.