2017.20.09 Courtesy Call on H.E. Ambassador of Norway

Courtesy Call on H.E. Ambassador of Norway

September 20, 2017: His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat had the pleasure of making a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Erling Rimestad, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, at the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo. Also in attendance was Mr. Ahmad Ghafoori, First Secretary and Consul, for the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Japan.
H.E. Ambassador Mr. Rimestad expressed his warm welcome to H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohabbat and Mr. Ghafoori, and sincerely congratulated H.E. Dr. Mohabbat on assuming the post as Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Japan. Additionally he wished H.E. Dr. Mohabbat the greatest of success in his endeavors throughout his mission remarking that he was certain to do so due to H.E. Dr. Mohabbat’s long time and experience in Japan. In return H.E. Dr. Mohabbat thanked H.E. Mr. Rimestad for making time in his schedule for the meeting as well as thanked him, on behalf of the people and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, for the long support and assistance of the people and Government of the Kingdom of Norway. Norwegians have stood with Afghanistan during the rebuilding process, helping to bring Afghanistan to its current progress & achievements, and their help and sacrifices, like others from the international community hold a place of appreciation and honor in the heart of Afghans.
H.E. Dr. Mohabbat updated H.E. Mr. Rimestad on the many progressive achievements in Afghanistan over the past 15 years especially those undertaken since the formation of the National Unity Government. Additionally he asked for Norway’s support in considering further investment opportunities in the economics and import/export opportunities of Afghanistan. He also expressed his optimism for the relationship between Norway and Afghanistan becoming stronger, and the resolve that Afghanistan has had and will always continue to have the door open for discussion towards securing peace with those in opposition to it. In return, H.E. Mr. Rimestad assured H.E. Dr. Mohabbat that Norway would try to continue being part of Afghanistan’s forward progress, helping to develop further economic development support, and would hold firm to its commitments to Afghanistan well into the future. The gentlemen further discussed topics of mutual interest such as Norwegian goods, Afghanistan's natural resources and minerals, as well as the recent speeches by leaders of allied nations planning for active steps to achieving further peace and security in Afghanistan.

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