Situation in Afghanistan : Ambassador Okada’s Visit to Kabul
January 25, 2022
Mr. OKADA Takashi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, visited Kabul from January 17 to 24 to hold talks with the Taliban and to make observations of the situation on the ground.
- Ambassador Okada held talks with senior members of the Taliban, including Maulawi Abdul Salam Hanafi, and explained about Japan’s humanitarian assistance through international organizations, and urged them to ensure the safety of Japanese nationals and local staff and realize quick and safe passage of those who wish to leave the country, respect rights of all Afghan people including women and minorities, build an inclusive political system, and prevent Afghanistan from becoming a hotbed for terrorism, among other issues. The Taliban side expressed their gratitude toward the humanitarian assistance from Japan, and explained their stance that the Taliban will address requirements from the international community.
- Japan will continue to make its utmost efforts to secure the safety of Japanese nationals and local staff and provide necessary support for their departure, and continue to engage with the Taliban, in order to contribute to the stabilization of Afghanistan.