Japan-Afghanistan Foreign Minister’s Telephone Talk
On March 2, commencing at 6:05 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Mohammad Haneef ATMAR, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The overview is as follows.
- Minister Atmar explained the current situation on the Afghanistan peace negotiations and the Afghan government’s position, expressing his high expectations for Japan’s role.
Minister Motegi reaffirmed Japan’s support for the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, and its position that preserving the achievements of nation-building in the past 20 years remains essential. Minister Motegi also stressed that Japan wishes to continue to play a constructive role for the peace and stability in Afghanistan.
- Minister Motegi informed Minister Atmar of Japan’s recent decision on a new package of assistance to Afghanistan for tackling the impact of COVID-19 and supporting its stabilization. In response, Minister Atmar expressed his deep appreciation.
- Minister Motegi expressed his deep concern about the ongoing violence across Afghanistan, and strongly condemned a series of recent terrorist attacks in Kabul and other parts of the country. Minister Motegi also requested continued thorough investigation on the case of the murder of Dr. NAKAMURA Tetsu.
- The two ministers shared the view to keep close cooperation, including through strengthening the friendly bilateral relations and enhancing the regional cooperation.