July 6, 2018: H.E. Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat had the pleasure of attending the JIIA Symposium “Looking Back at Asia in the 20th Century from the Perspectives of International Relations and State Building” at Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall at the International House of Japan. JIIA, the Japan Institute of International Affairs, organized this symposium in order to enhance public awareness on international affairs and develop global networks and collaboration. Also in attendance was Mr. Basir Ahmad Hamdard, First Secretary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Japan.
Also attending the event was Mr. Shinichi Hitaoka, President of the Japan International Cooperations Agency (JICA), former president of the International University of Japan, and former Japanese Ambassador to the United Nations. He and H.E. Dr. Mohabbat were able to speak to one another and discuss their views on Asia’s international relations in the past and how they believe relations between Afghanistan and Japan will progress in the future. H.E. Dr. Mohabbat thanked Mr. Hitaoka for the pleasure of speaking with him and in return Mr. Hitaoka thanked H.E. Dr. Mohabbat for attending the symposium and sharing his time.
H.E. Dr. Mohabbat and Mr. Hamdard were honored to receive the invitation to the symposium in order to hear distinguished speakers form around the world speak on current international affairs and Japanese foreign policy and to offer their own insights on issues as well.