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Afghanistan Welcomes the Renewing of the Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law

Tokyo, December 12, 2008

The Embassy of Afghanistan welcomes the passing of the Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law by the Lower House of Japan allowing the MSDF mission in the Indian Ocean to operate for another year.

Ambassador Haron Amin said, “The people and Government of Afghanistan attach great significance to efforts and initiatives strengthening international collaboration and solidarity. The one-year extension of the law reaffirms the continued Japanese dedication to the war on terror. However, while the war now requires more attention and resources than at any other point in the last seven years and while the Afghan stabilization and reconstruction processes are in dire need of increased resources both militarily and developmentally, it is the earnest expectation of the people of Afghanistan as well as the international community that Japan contribute more.”

“Despite the pessimistic portrayal of Afghanistan, advancements are being made. At this critical stage of the campaign, we possess the opportunity to finally rid Afghanistan and Pakistan of the invading Taliban-al Qaeda groups. A greater engagement by Japan is key to bringing about an accelerated march towards peace. We leave it up to the Japanese political parties to determine what that greater engagement will be like.”