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US$1 million in aid donated to Japan’s relief efforts by the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

(photo: H.E. President Hamid Karzai signs the Book of Condolence at the Japanese Embassy in Kabul, expressing His and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s deep sadness over the massive loss of life and property in Japan, following a series of natural disasters. On the right stands H.E. Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi of Japan. On the left stands H.E. Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul.)

March 29, 2011: H.E. Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Dr. Muhammad Omar Zakhilwal, Minister of Finance, met with H.E. Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi at the Embassy of Japan in Kabul and, on behalf of H.E. President Hamid Karzai and the Government and people of Afghanistan, presented him with a check for US$1 million to support relief efforts following March 11’s massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The funds are to be used for general support provisions for the people of the Tohoku region who continue to suffer greatly from the effects of this tragedy.

This contribution is in addition to donations from local governments, such as Mayor Hamidi of Kandahar’s US$50,000 contribution, as well as donations from non-governmental and private sources.

To read the Japanese government's press release concerning Afghan contributions, click here.