In his opening speech, H.E. Minister Fumio Kishida stated “Japan will make every effort to bring peace and development to countries in this region”. At the reception which followed, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Fatimie had the opportunity to express his gratitude to H.E. Minister Kishida for his support of Afghanistan and for inviting him to the event. H.E. Minister Kishida in return thanked H.E. Dr. Fatimie for his attendance. They were joined in discussion by H.E. Mr. Mitsuji Suzuka, Ambassador of Japan to Afghanistan, with whom H.E. Dr. Fatimie had met for a lunch at his private residence earlier in the month. The three exchanged views on topics of mutual interest with regard to Afghanistan. H.E. Dr. Fatimie complimented H.E. Mr. Kishida on MOFA Japan’s ability to promote astute Ambassadors like H.E. Mr. Suzuka who is not only quite talented but additionally speaks Dari.
H.E. Dr. Fatimie also had the pleasure of meeting with H.E. Mr. Kentaro Sonoura, State Minister of MOFA; Their Excellencies Mr. Shunsuke Takei and Mr. Motome Takisawa; H.E. Mr Tsukasa Uemura, Director General of Middle East and African Affairs Bureau; many other MOFA Officers, Ambassadors, Diplomats, JICA officials, and Officials from Universities in Japan who accept students from the regions of Middle East and Africa; Hon. Mr. Akira Sato, LDP Member of the House of Representatives; Mr. Yasuji Ishigaki, President of the Council on East Asian Communities, Trustee of the Japan Forum on International Relations; Professor Rei Shiratori, President for the Institute for Political Studies in Japan and Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Malta; Professor Dr. Masanori Naito, Doshisha University Graduate School of Global Studies; Mr. Eiichi Yoshikawa, Senior Managing Director & Co-Chief Executive of MUFJ; and Mr. Koichi Kawana, President and Representative Director of JGC Corporation all of whom with he spoke about topics of mutual interest.