Attendance at the 2017 Ceremony for The Japan Foundation Awards.

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October 16, 2017: His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat had the pleasure of attending a reception to celebrate the 2017 Presentation Ceremony for The Japan Foundation Awards hosted by Hon. Mr. Hiroyasu Ando, President of The Japan Foundation, at the Hotel Okura in Tokyo.

The event honored three recipients who have significantly contributed to the promotion of international mutual understanding and friendship through their various endeavors over the years. This year’s recipients were Ms. Alexandra Munroe of the United States, Mr. Frederik L. Schodt of the United States, and Mr. Andrej Bekes of Slovenia. H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohabbat took the opportunity to extend his warmest thanks for hosting the successful event Hon. Mr. Ando who, in return thanked H.E. Dr. Mohabbat for his attendance and kind words. Additionally H.E. Dr. M expressed his congratulations to the three award recipients for their achievement.

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H.E. Dr. Mohabbat also had the pleasure of speaking with H.E. Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Iwao Horii to whom he expressed his sincerest thanks, on behalf of the people and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, for the continuous benevolent support of the people and Government of the noble nation of Japan during the reconstruction process of Afghanistan over the years. Additionally H.E. Dr. Mohabbat updated him on the many progressive achievements in Afghanistan over the past 16 years especially those undertaken since the formation of the National Unity Government. H.E. Parliamentary Vice-Minister Mr. Horii thanked H.E. Dr. Mohabbat and agreed to strengthen the ties between them and expressed his hopes for regular meetings between them for increased mutual cooperation.

Also, in attendance at the event were several of Their Excellencies the Ambassadors, Heads of Missions, and Diplomats with missions in Japan, members of parliament, and other dignified guests, several of whom H.E. Dr. Mohabbat met with and discussed many topics of mutual interest such as the recent speeches by leaders of allied nations planning for active steps to achieving further peace and security in Afghanistan.