Ambassador Fatimie, Embassy welcome from the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Fegan-Wyles, Mr. Mejia

April 24, 2013: Ambassador Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie and the staff of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tokyo offered the warmest welcome to visiting VIPs from the United Nations, Assistant Secretary-General Sally Fegan-Wyles, who also serves as Director ad interim of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR); and Mr. Alex Mejia, Manager for UNITAR’s Local Development Programme and the former Head of UNITAR’s office in Hiroshima, Japan. The two are on a short visit to Japan.

In meeting with the two gracious guests, Ambassador Dr. Fatimie first and foremost expressed deepest gratitude, on behalf of the people and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, for the indispensible role that the United Nations has played in extending peace, actualizing freedoms – including gender equality, supporting democracy, and bettering lives. Within this, Ambassador Fatimie hailed the work done through UNITAR in their fellowship program to build the capacity of Afghan officials. Speaking about the historical challenges that were forced on Afghanistan from the late 70s, Ambassador Dr. Fatimie expressed that the nation has accumulated a vast amount of encouraging accomplishments since power was restored to the people through its democratic government. These accomplishments, the Ambassador stressed, were only possible at this level due to the cooperation of close friends such as the United Nations and UNITAR.

Assistant Secretary-General Fegan Wyles expressed Her pleasure to visit the Embassy, kindly stating that the partnership with the Embassy under the leadership of Ambassador Dr. Fatimie has made for much cooperation possible. Listing successes, the Assistant Secretary-General stated that some 400 Afghan officials have completed the fellowship program. Furthermore, She stated that there are plans to expand UNITAR’s work to include a Master’s program for Afghan officials and a training program for diplomats in negotiation skills.

Following the meeting, the parties dined together in the Embassy on Afghan cuisine.