June 14, 2018: H.E. Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat had the pleasure of attending a meeting with His Excellency Mr. Hiroshi Oka, Director-General of Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau/Ambassador, Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Assistance at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan at the MOFA headquarters in Tokyo. Also in attendance was Mr. Basir Ahmad Hamdard, First Secretary of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo.
The purpose of this meeting was to personally hand H.E. Ambassador Mr. Oka an invitation packet to be passed on to H.E. Mr. Taro Kono, Foreign Minister of Japan, to the Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan that will take place in November 2018H.E. Dr. Mohabbat emphasized the importance and significance of this planned Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan in Geneva later this year -- jointly hosted by the Government of Afghanistan, United Nations, Joint Coordination & Monitoring Board, and the International Community. Further, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat expressed just how eager Their Excellencies the Minsters in Kabul were for the Japanese presence of H.E. Mr. Taro Kono, Foreign Minister of Japan, to attend this event and impart their views and participation in providing feedback on the National Priority Programs (NPPS) agreed to in the previous international conferences on Afghanistan.
H.E. Mr. Oka thanked H.E. Dr. Mohabbat for arranging to bring him the invitation packet for H.E. Foreign Minister Kono from Their Excellencies the Ministers in Kabul, and promised to usher the packet to H.E. Foreign Minister Kono as well as convey the significance of attending and participating in the event. In return, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat thanked H.E. Mr. Oka for hosting their meeting and for his continued effort in maintaining the relationship between Afghanistan and Japan. Further, he expressed his wholehearted thanks and appreciation for MOFA of Japan for their continuous and benevolent assistance to Afghanistan over the years. H.E. Mr. Oka assured H.E. Dr. Mohabbat that Japan would continue to stand by and support Afghanistan well info the future.