Meeting between Mr. Masahiko Koumura, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Anwar Ul-Haq Ahady, Minister of Finance of Afghanistan
November 19, 2007
On November 19 (Mon), Mr. Masahiko Koumura, Minister for Foreign Affairs, met with Mr. Anwar Ul-Haq Ahady, Minister of Finance of Afghanistan, for about 25 minutes from 11:10 a.m.
- On the present situation in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister
Koumura stated that about five million refugees have returned to Afghanistan
so far and that the economy is heading in a positive direction, although
such challenge as public safety and narcotics remain. Mr. Koumura
expressed his hope that Afghanistan would overcome these difficulties with
the efforts of Mr. Ahady who supervises the reconstruction. On the
fight against terrorism, Mr. Koumura said that Japan would like to resume
its replenishment support activities in the Indian Ocean soon.
- Mr. Ahady responded that he was grateful to Japan
for consistently playing a major role in the reconstruction assistance to
Afghanistan, since the time Japan held the International Conference on Reconstruction
Assistance to Afghanistan in January 2002 in Tokyo. He acknowledged
Japan’s post-war reconstruction was a very encouraging historical reality
for Afghanistan. Minister Ahady said that, although Japanese assistance
has been used effectively, there remain many problems in Afghanistan and
that as Afghanistan moves from the stage of reconstruction to that of development,
he would request for continued assistance from the international community
including Japan in various sectors.
Finance Minister Ahady was aware that narcotics and public safety remain to be a problem in Afghanistan. On the international fight against terrorism, in which many countries are engaged, Minister Ahady expressed his appreciation to Japan’s role and also expressed his expectation that Japan’s activities including replenishment support in the Indian Ocean would be continued.