Ambassador Fatimie visits Shizuoka Prefecture, speaks at the opening of the Dr. Reshad’s new health facility

May 7, 2011: Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie made a visit to Shizuoka Prefecture, a prefecture intimately connected with Afghanistan, on the occasion of the opening of Dr. Khaled Reshad’s group’s new health facility.

Before visiting the new Appolon Ita facility, which will service the elderly and people affected with dementia, Ambassador Fatimie was given a tour of two other facilities previously opened by the group.

The opening ceremony for the new facility was attended by a number of related people and local dignitaries, including Hon. Mayor Katsuro Sakurai and Hon. Prefectural Assembly Woman Ikuko Ito. Dr. Reshad, a prominent Afghan resident of Japan who serves as an honorary advisor to Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan, was described by Hon. Ms. Ito in her speech as a bridge between the nations of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Japan; she further expressed her wish for a deepening of the already friendly relations between the two nations. Ambassador Fatimie, who has had the honor of opening a great number of health facilities in Afghanistan, expressed his pleasure at representing at this event the ever-increasingly close relations between the nations, referencing the contributions that the two nations made to one another, as well as wishing Dr. Reshad success in this and future pursuits. Ambassador Fatimie additionally called on those in attendance in joining him in expressing support for the victims of March 11th’s disasters.

To read the Ambassador’s speech, click here.

To read the newspaper report of the event in Japanese, click here.

(photo: from right to left, Dr. Khalid Reshad, Hon. Assembly Woman Ikuko Ito, Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie)