Ambassador Fatimie attends screening of Japanese director Yoji Yamada's film "Tokyo Kazoku” (Tokyo Family)

February 27, 2013: Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie attended at the Embassy of Canada in Tokyo a special screening of Japanese director Yoji Yamada's film "Tokyo Kazoku” (Tokyo Family), organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the Japan Foundation and the Canadian Embassy. The film, which was released on January 19th, “portrays the universal image of a family” and “also illustrates family values after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011,” according to the Japan Times’ review.

Ambassador Dr. Fatimie had the honor of speaking with H.E. Ambassador Jonathan Fried of Canada. Ambassador Dr. Fatimie conveyed the deepest gratitude of the people and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for Canada's enduring, effect-generating support, and further stated that the sacrifices of Canada's brave men and women in the name of peace and development were truly meaningful and would never be forgotten. H.E. Ambassador Fried kindly returned the sentiment by stating that the sacrifices have been mutual and sad but for a respectable, noble, and mutual goal. H.E. further pledged that Canada would continue to be a partner of the Afghan people and Government. Also from the Embassy of Canada, Ambassador Dr. Fatimie had the pleasure of meeting with Ms. Laurie Peters.

Ambassador Dr. Fatimie also was able to enjoy the opportunity of speaking with H.E. Ambassador Sumio Kusaka, Chief of Protocol for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, along with Mr. Tokuro Furuya, Prinicipal Deputy Chief of Protocol. To H.E. Ambassador Kusaka, Ambassador Dr. Fatimie offered sincerest appreciation for Japan's continuing role in Afghanistan, which has brought great strides in socio-economic progress and the reach of peace. Ambassador Fatimie hailed Japan and the Japanese people as true friends. H.E. Ambassador Kusaka was generous enough to also declare that this partnership will enjoy a long life.

A supporter of cultural activities as a way to bring peoples around the world together, Ambassador Dr. Fatimie shared that he was impressed with the usage of this film to show Japanese values and the resilience of the people following the devastating disasters.