Statement by Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan announced by the U.S. Government

December 2, 2009

  1. On December 1, Mr. Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America, announced a new strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  2. Japan values the role that the U.S. is playing and welcomes the strategy it announced, as the stability of Afghanistan and Pakistan is a matter related to the stability of the world. Japan strongly expects that the dispatch of additional troops to Afghanistan by the U.S. and other countries, the enhancement of civil assistance and closer cooperation with Pakistan will improve the situation of Afghanistan and the region.
  3. Japan will continue to proactively play its role based on its new assistance package to Afghanistan and Pakistan announced on November 10.