Japan-Afghanistan Relations

September 19, 2016
On September 19, commencing at 12:25 p.m. (New York time) for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations. The overview is as follows.

  1. Prime Minister Abe told President Ghani that Japan, together with the international community, will support Afghanistan's efforts for self-reliance and stability. In response, President Ghani expressed his gratitude for the significant assistance extended by Japan up to the present, and the two leaders shared their views that they will cooperate for the success of the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, which will be held in Brussels on October 4 and 5.
  2. Additionally, Prime Minister Abe expressed strong expectations that Afghanistan would engage in areas such as improving security situations and administrative reforms in order to ensure that the assistance from the international community would bear fruit. In response, President Ghani stated that the Government of Afghanistan intended to make earnest efforts. 
  3. Prime Minister Abe requested that Afghanistan extends more cooperation than ever before to Mr. Tadamichi Yamamoto, who was appointed the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

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