Reception on the Occasion of H.E. Deputy Foreign Minister Andishas Visit

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February 28, 2018: His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat had an honor and pleasure of hosting the Reception on the Occasion of H.E. Deputy Foreign Minister Andisha's Visit to the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tokyo. Also, hosting the delegation from Afghanistan, Mr. Mohammad Ayoub Samadi, Deputy D.G of Diplomatic Archive, and Mr. Mustafa Zaka, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Afghanistan official. All of the diplomats and staff of the Embassy were in attendance to receive the visiting dignitaries and guests.

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The reception began with the opening remarks by Mr. Asif Agah, Second Secretary of the Afghan Embassy, firstly, welcoming H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohabbat to the podium. H.E. Dr. Mohabbat warmly welcomed and thanked the noble guests for attending this auspicious occasion. He expressed his gratitude to the many members of the international community and the host country of Japan for their benevolent support of "Afghanistan... the beautiful country that would make you fall in love with her at first glance."

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Secondly, the distinguished guest, His Excellency Mr. Nasir Ahmad Andisha, Deputy Foreign Minister for Management and Resources of Afghanistan, spoke about recent large-scale activity in Afghanistan. He highlighted the importance of the Kabul Process where peace-talks continue to make forward momentum and manifest hope for the region, as well as the significant progress in achieving peace within Afghanistan. He also spoke of the many progressive achievements in Afghanistan over the past 16 years, especially those undertaken since the formation of the National Unity Government. Additionally he asked for Japan’s support in considering developing further investment opportunities in the economics and import/export opportunities of Afghanistan. Furthermore, he put great emphasis on human capacity building, to further achieve prosperity for the people and government of Afghanistan.

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Thirdly, His Excellency Mr. Hiroshi Oka, Assistance Minister Director-General Middle Eastern and African Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, remarked the continued excellent close historical relationship between the noble nation of Japan and Afghanistan. He hopes for the continued prosperity for both nations and further strong relations with each other.

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Lastly, Honorable Mr. Junichi Yamada, Senior Vice President and Board member of JICA, addressed that JICA would continuously support the PEACE program and to engage with Afghanistan in human capacity building, and cultural ties, for the prosperity and welfare of both noble nations.

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Following the remarks, the guests were invited to enjoy delicious afghan food which the embassy had prepared in honor of the occasion. At the event H.E. Dr. Mohabbat also had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with all of the many guests including Hon. Mr. Natsuo Yamaguchi, Chief Representative of the Komei Party; Hon. Mr. Isao Iijima, Advisor to the H.E. the Prime Minister of Japan and Senior Fellow of Keidanren; several of Their Excellencies the Ambassadors, Heads of Missions, and Diplomats with missions in Japan, members of parliament, and other dignified guests.

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