June 21, 2018: H.E. Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat had the pleasure of attending a meeting with H.E. Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka, President of JICA, at the JICA 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. Mr. Shinichi Kitaoka, President of JICA, an invitation packet to the Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan that will take place on November 27-28 2018. H.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 Ministers in Kabul were for the Japanese presence of H.E. Mr. Kitaoka, 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. Kitaoka thanked H.E. Dr. Mohabbat for arranging to bring him the invitation packet for and expressed great eager in attending this significant event. In return, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat thanked H.E. Mr. Kitaoka 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 JICA of Japan for their continuous and benevolent assistance to Afghanistan over the years. H.E. Mr. Kitaoka assured H.E. Dr. Mohabbat that Japan would continue to stand by and support Afghanistan well into the future.