Ambassador Fatimie attends a reception hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to express Japan’s appreciation for international solidarity and support following the March 11th disasters

May 11, 2011: Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie attended a reception at the Iiikura House in Tokyo hosted by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to express Japan’s appreciation for international support following the March 11th disasters. The Ambassador attended in order to show the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Embassy’s solidarity with Japan, a close friend and ally.

Marking two months since the events of March 11th, diplomats from about 130 countries in total gathered together with Japanese officials.

Speakers at the event included H.E. Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto. In his speech, H.E. Prime Minister Kan conveyed sincere gratitude for the financial and more support that were offered to the victims, referring to this as evidence of strong ties between Japan and the other members of the international community. Regarding Japan’s Official Development Aid (ODA), H.E. the Prime Minister said that while there would be a reduction in funds dedicated to supporting other nations, this would only be a temporary arrangement.

Attendees of the event were provided with foodstuffs from the Tohoku region in a gesture of the safety of the products.