President Ghani: Afghanistan is showing its potential to become the regional roundabout

President Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with Kansuke Nagaoka, the deputy special representative of Japan for Afghanistan and Pakistan discussed expansion of mutual relations and regional connectivity, today morning at the Presidential Palace.

Kansuke Nagaoka expressed gratitude to the president of Afghanistan for attending the enthronement ceremony of Japan’s new emperor, calling it a testimony to the good and extensive relations between Afghanistan and Japan.

President Ashraf Ghani lauded Japan for its cooperation with Afghanistan and said, “Japan as an international partner has played a substantial role in Afghanistan’s reconstruction and economic development, and we appreciate this partnership.”

“Peace is the main demand of the Afghans and a top government priority, and only an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process can establish peace in the country,” added the president while underscoring that the Afghan government will consult its main regional and international allies to achieve a dignified and sustainable peace.

President Ghani said that Taliban must stop the war and choose peace. He iterated that the National Defense and Security forces are capable to eradicate the menace of Taliban and other terrorist groups and protect the people and their homeland.

The president underscored, “We make every possible effort to turn Afghanistan into the economic, trade and development roundabout of the region.”

President Ghani said that the government has formulated strategies to increase its revenues and grow economy, adding that budget reforms are underway as an effort to lead Afghanistan toward self-reliance within the upcoming years.

Mr. Nagoka and the Kabul-based Japanese ambassador declared support for the president’s economic prospect for Afghanistan and the region, and said Japan would continue to cooperate with Afghanistan in the areas of agriculture, economic and security reforms to enable the country to realize its economic vision.

Kansuke Nagaoka expressed Japan’s support for a peace process, owned and led by the Afghan government and said Japan would continue to stand with the government and people of Afghanistan.