The Japan Times newspaper publishes Ambassador Fatimie’s article on Afghan-Japan relations in honor of Afghan National Day

August 19, 2011: In honor of the 92nd Afghan National Day, the Japan Times newspaper printed a special article by Ambassador Fatimie on Afghan-Japanese relations.

The Japan Times has kindly observed this tradition for a number of years, offering readers a chance to review the past year in bilateral relations and to understand Afghanistan and the Embassy’s focus for relations in the future.

In his message, Ambassador Fatimie, conveying deepest respects to Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress and the Government and people of Japan, expressed deepest gratitude for Japan’s contributions to Afghanistan’s development and peace process. Building upon this, the Ambassador detailed support provided to Japan by Afghanistan and Afghans following the disasters of March 11th, evidence of the closeness and mutually-supportive relations between the peoples. In closing, Ambassador Fatimie declared that the two nations would continue to support and inspire one another as both continue to strengthen.

Madame Sadako Ogata, president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) graciously provided a message of support in the special article, wishing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and its people sincere congratulations on the auspicious day.

To read the article, click on the photo above for a larger view.