Ambassador Fatimie travels to Nagasaki, meets with Governor Nakamura, Mayor Taue

April 27-30, 2011: Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie made an official visit to Nagasaki to honor the prefecture and city’s special significance as an international symbol of peace.

As the first official act of his trip, Ambassador Fatimie laid flowers at the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter in Nagasaki Peace Park, the impact point of the atomic bombing. The Ambassador was accompanied by Hon. Deputy Mayor Masanobu Chita. Ambassador Fatimie paid respects to the residents of Nagasaki who sadly lost their lives in World War II. Following this, the Ambassador was given a tour of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum by the museum's director, Mr. Akitoshi Nakamura. Ambassador Fatimie signed the memorial book in the museum.

During the course of his stay, Ambassador Fatimie met with Governor Hodo Nakamura and Mayor Tomihisa Taue, to whom he presented letters of appreciation for the hospitality, and discussed the parallels between the recent nuclear tragedies facing Japan and the past tragedy in Nagasaki, also referring to the area as an example of recovery for Afghanistan. Governor Nakamura graciously thanked Ambassador Fatimie for Afganistan and the Afghan people's support following the recent tragedies in northern Japan; the two talked on a number of matters of mutual interest. In the meeting with Mayor Taue, Ambassador Fatimie also expressed gratitude for all of Japan's generous and selfless support in Afghanistan's reconstruction and congratulated the Mayor on his overwhelming victory in the mayoral election earlier in the month.

During his trip, Ambassador Fatimie also met with local reporters and answered questions about current affairs in Afghanistan.

To read the Ambassador’s letter to Governor Nakamura, click here.

To read the Ambassador’s letter to Mayor Taue, click here.

To read the Yomiuri Shimbun report of the Ambassador’s visit in Japanese, click here.

To read the Nagasaki Shimbun report of the Ambassador’s visit in Japanese, click here.

(photos above: Ambassador Fatimie meets with Governor Nakamura)

(photo: Ambassador Fatimie meets with Mayor Taue)
(photo: Ambassador Fatimie views displayed artifacts at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum)