Statement by Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Opening of the National Assembly and the Completion of the Political Process in Afghanistan
December 19, 2005
- Japan welcomes the opening of the National Assembly in Afghanistan on December 19 (Mon). Japan, while welcoming the completion of the transitional period for building national governance structure - the political process - of Afghanistan, extends its heartfelt congratulations to the people of Afghanistan.
- Since September 2001, Japan has extended assistance amounting as much as one billion US dollars in all fields - political process, security improvement and reconstruction, based upon its firm belief that Afghanistan must not relapse into a hotbed of terrorism and narcotics.
- Japan will continue to extend its active assistance for further developing the nation-building of Afghanistan.
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