Courtesy call on Mr. Tetsuro Fukuyama, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, by Mr. Daniel Feldman, Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan of the United States of America
April 23, 2010
Mr. Daniel Feldman, Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan of the United States of America, paid a courtesy call on Mr. Tetsuro Fukuyama, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, on April 23 for approximately thirty minutes from 8:30 a.m. An overview of the meeting is as follows.
- Minister Fukuyama began by welcoming Deputy Special Representative Feldman's visit to Japan, and expressing his respect for the U.S.'s efforts towards stability in Afghanistan. In response, Deputy Special Representative Feldman expressed his high estimation of Japan’s aid to Afghanistan. He also conveyed a message from Ms. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, and Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, expressing deep gratitude to Japan for strengthening cooperation with the U.S. regarding aid to Afghanistan.
- Minister Fukuyama asked views on the security situation in Afghanistan and the political process under the Karzai Administration. In response, Deputy Special Representative Feldman said that the Taliban cleanup operation had been mostly developing favorably. He also stated what was most important concerning the political process was that progress be made concerning the challenges reviewed at the London Conference in January under the leadership of the Government of Afghanistan.
- In closing, Minister Fukuyama and Special Representative Feldman confirmed the U.S. and Japan’s intention to continue strengthening cooperation for aid to Afghanistan in the future.
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