The International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn
December 6, 2011
- On Monday, December 5, the International Afghanistan Conference, chaired by Afghanistan, was held in Bonn, Germany, and Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Joe Nakano attended the Conference.
- Delegates from a total of over 100 nations and international institutions attended the Conference and discussed the theme "From Transition to the Transformation Decade". At the end of the conference, conference conclusions were adopted and the international community showed strong political will to continue to support Afghanistan in the Transformation Decade from 2015 to 2024, after the transition is completed in 2014.
- At the conference, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Nakano expressed his gratitude for the support provided by the international community following the Great East Japan Earthquake, and said that Japan will steadily implement support for Afghanistan "of up to around 5 billion US dollars over the approximately five-year period from 2009". Furthermore, he stated that as a step following Bonn, Japan intends to host a ministerial conference, which will address, in addition to the coordination of international economic assistance through the transition period, Afghanistan's strategy for sustainable development including regional economic cooperation.
- Taking this opportunity in Bonn, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Nakano held meetings with United States Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides and Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Asta Skaisgiryte Liauskiene, and exchanged opinions with them regarding the situation in Afghanistan and other matters. In addition, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Nakano also exchanged views with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Kim Sung-hwan, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs Villy Sovndal, and other officials.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)