July 25-26, 2018: His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan had the great pleasure and honor to travel to Gifu Prefecture to join the annual Gifu Tour through the prefecture. The event was organized by the Board of Ceremonies of the Imperial Household and the International Affairs Division of Gifu Prefectural Government to whom he expressed his sincerest thanks for organizing such an excellent event. The tour included a 2-day program: A Cormorant Fishing Event on the first day followed by a Gifu City Tour on the second.
July 25, 2018: During the event, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat had the great pleasure of meeting and conversing with the Honorable Mr. Yoshitaka Akimoto, the Grand Master of Ceremonies, to whom he extended his sincerest gratitude for the invitation. At the ceremony, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat further expressed appreciation for the generous support of the people and government of Japan in assisting Afghan reconstruction and wished for eternal friendship between Afghanistan and Japan. H.E. Dr. Mohabbat affirmed the importance of such deeply rooted cultural events, which do much to enhance the diplomatic missions of the various nations represented. In return, the Honorable Mr. Yoshita expressed thanks to H.E. Dr. Mohabbat and the Embassy of Afghanistan for making time in their schedule to attend and participate in this truly unique event.
July 26, 2018: On the following day, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat had the tremendous honor of attending a tour of Gifu prefecture, along with numerous other ambassadors, at the invitation of the Gifu Prefectural Government. Known as “The Land of Clear Waters,” Gifu Prefecture offers stunning retreats into nature and is a wonderful showcase of the beauty Japan has to offer, in addition to its many historic towns and cities. The tour took the distinguished Ambassadors, diplomats, and their families to the Gifu-Kakamigahara Air and Space Museum, Gujo Hachiman Castle, Food Replica & Workshop Facility, and to the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) at the Nagara River in the Ayu Park.
Additionally, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohabbat had the great honor and pleasure to meet Honorable Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Takeo Akiba and Honorable Vice-Grand Steward of the Imperial Household Mr. Yasuhiko Nishimura. Furthermore, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat was chosen out of several Ambassadors in attendance to be interviewed by the Gifu TV channel. H.E. Dr. Mohabbat expressed immense joy in the opportunity to share his experience and express just how deep the bond between Japan and the people of Afghanistan truly is.