July 24, 2018: His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat had the honor and pleasure to receive a Courtesy Call by Mr. Yasunori Shimamoto, Regional Director of the WFD RSA, and Mr. Yasunobu Ishii, the Senior Program Director of the NFT, to the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tokyo. Also in attendance was Mr. Asif Agah, Second Secretary and Cultural Affairs.
H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohabbat extended his warmest welcome and deepest appreciation to Mr. Shimamoto and Mr. Ishii for their kind visit to the embassy. In return, Mr. Shimamoto and Mr. Ishii each expressed their thanks to H.E. Dr. Mohabbat for his sincere words and for again making time in his schedule to meet. They discussed ways Afghanistan can rejoin and contribute to WFD RSA, successfully creating a mutually benefiting relationship and providing assistance to the disabled in Afghanistan who are suffering the most during times of conflict. H.E. Dr. Mohabbat wishes to take the necessary steps in completing the rejoining of WFD RSA. Mr. Ishii, assures H.E. Dr. Mohabbat that the society will ensure a successful application process and joining of the WFD RSA. Furthermore, both understand the great benefits to both the people of Afghanistan and Japan, continuing to deepen the bonds between the two countries.
Additionally, discussion on the event scheduled for Sept 23rd which is organized by the World Federation of the Deaf Regional Secretariat for Asia (WFD RSA) & the Nippon Foundation (NFT) in Tokyo was elaborated on. The event is intended to celebrate the resolution passed by the United Nations at the beginning of 2018 – recognizing that sign languages are equal to spoken languages. They further discussed topics of mutual interests.