28/04/2016 H.E. Ambassador Dr. Fatimie Attends Afghan-Japan Exchange Program at Tokyo University of the Arts

April 28, 2016: It was a pleasure for His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Sayed Mohammad Amin Fatimie to attend "Afghan-Japan Exchange Program with young researchers form Tokyo University of the Arts in PEACE Project," which was attended by Dr. Bashir Mohabbat (Minister-Counsellor), and Mr. M. Yasir Karimi (Second secretary) from the embassy, and some 80 people involved in the project, such as Afghan JICA scholars, professors and researchers from Tokyo University of Arts, staff from Japan International Cooperation Agency and Japan International Cooperation Center. Among them was the Honorable Madam Sadako Ogata, Adviser to Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and JICA, of whom H.E. Ambassador Dr. Fatimie had the great pleasure of meeting again. As she visited and observed the the exhibition of "the Displaced Cultural Properties from Afghanistan," and "the restoration of the lost mural paintings on the ceiling of Great Buddha," Madam Ogata expressed her congratulations to the organizers and Afghans for the occasion that connects Japan and Afghanistan, along with the exhibition of "the Hidden Treasures -from the National Museum, Kabul" being held at neighboring Tokyo National Museum. She added that it's her pleasure to witness, as she had worked for Afghan affairs since she was an UN officer, and later a Japanese government envoy, culturally rich Afghanistan is displayed in Japan for public, as well as seeing Afghan exchange students studying in Japan.

At the reception, the second half of the program, H.E. Ambassador Dr. Fatimie gave his remark stating that, on behalf of the people and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, he expressed his sincere appreciation to Tokyo University of the Arts, JICA, JICE, and all experts who had been involved in the repair and exhibition of the project, that connects Afghanistan and Japan closer than ever. By leveraging this great opportunity, he wished to further strengthen the friendly relation of Afghanistan and Japan that has linked the two countries since the time of Silk Road, H.E. Dr. Fatimie added. Two Afghan students made their presentation regarding Bamiyan, where in Afghanistan the Great Buddha statues locate, and Afghan dishes were served for all participants.

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