December 1, 2011: Mr. S.A. Razaq Luqman, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tokyo, attended the farewell reception for Japan-SAARC High School Students Exchange Program, organized by the International Hospitality and Conference Service Association.
The exchange program, which has been run since FY2001, invites South Asian high school students who are deemed potential future leaders to Japan to take part in a number of exchanges and study opportunities in order to broaden their understanding of the nation. This year’s program ran from November 23rd to December 2nd and included information on Japan’s efforts at recycling. 6 Afghans (Mr. Hamayoun Qasemy, Mr. Mayelshah Sahak, Mr. Abdurahim Sediqi, Mr. Saifuddin Ghani Zadah, Mr. Khadim Hussain Poya, and teacher Mr. Rafiullah Malikzadah) participated along with roughly 70 others from nations such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, and India.
Mr. Luqman offered to the participants congratulations, on behalf of Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie, the Embassy, and the Government and people of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, for their successful completion, encouraging them to put to use what they had learned. Having the opportunity to also meet with Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Kazuyuki Hamada, Mr. Luqman also expressed deepest gratitude for the very active role that Dr. Hamada, His ministry, and the people and Government of Japan play in the building of Afghanistan’s future, particularly on this day in investing in future leaders.