Meeting with Special Adviser to the Cabinet, Hon. Mr. Isao Ijima.
November 18, 2019: H.E. Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat had the honor of meeting with Special Adviser to the Cabinet and Senior Fellow of Keidanren, the Hon. Mr. Isao Ijima, at his office in the Prime Minister’s secretariat in Tokyo.
Hon. Mr. Ijima is a longtime senior adviser of the Japanese government, currently serving as a direct adviser to His Excellency Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. Previously, he advised former Prime Minister Mr. Junichiro Koizumi, and holds a seat in the Strategic Committee of advising firm Avisa Partners. H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohabbat began by thanking Hon. Mr Ijima and the Prime Minister’s office for successfully coordinating an excellent Official Visit meeting between H.E. President Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and H.E. Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe. Furthermore, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat expressed his deep gratitude to the people and Government of the friendly and noble nation of Japan for their generous steadfast and benevolent support of Afghanistan over the years. Most importantly, H.E. Dr. Mohabbat kindly requested Hon. Mr. Ijima to use the influence of his office to help further investment by Japan in the private sector businesses of Afghanistan, particularly in mining natural and rare metals like lithium. As the lithium deposits found in Afghanistan are valued at one trillion USD, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan hopes that Japan will continue its generous support of the Islamic Republic’s mission to maximally utilize the resources at its disposal. The gentlemen further discusses holding a seminar for economic societies in Japan to promote investment in Afghanistan and import Afghanistan products at the Embassy in the near future.