Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on Transition in Afghanistan

July 17, 2011

  1. Japan welcomes the announcement that transition from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to the Government of Afghanistan has just started on July 17.

  2. The first phase of the transition at this moment is important as a first step for Afghanistan as a country to be responsible for its own security. Japan will continue to support the nation building of Afghanistan under Afghan ownership in collaboration with the international community, including assistance to the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) and support for the reintegration.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)