President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe met in Tokyo today and discussed a set of issues in the realm of expansion of cooperation, investment in Afghanistan’s mining sector, peace, stability and security.
The president conveyed his sympathies over the recent loss of lives due to the typhoon in the country and extended gratitude to the people of Japan for their brilliant hospitality, saying the peoples of Afghanistan and Japan have enjoyed a friendly relationship for years.
President Ghani termed Afghanistan-Japan ties enduring and strategic and lauded the country for its effective, efficient and people-centered assistance, delivered by Japanese government and non-governmental institutions. He appreciated Japan’s support for the Afghan government’s stance in peace process as well as political and financial areas.
President Ghani underscored that modification of mining legislations is a promising step towards attracting investments and invigorated Japanese investors and private sector to invest on Afghanistan mines.
Prime Minister Abe appreciated President Ghani for participating at the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito and expressed Japan’s commitment on supporting Afghanistan in development spheres such as capacity building and literacy programs.
Shinzo Abe acknowledged Afghans’ earnest fight against terrorism and said his country will continue to strive for peace in Afghanistan. He stressed that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan will lead to peace and stability in the region and the world.
While appreciating international efforts for peace in Afghanistan, Prime Minister of Japan underlined that his country will support that peace owned and managed by the Afghan people and government.
Prime Minister Abe iterated that North Korea has a posed a threat to the security of Japan and called for the support of Afghan government for his country’s stance against the North Korea.
He called standardization of mining legislations a good achievement towards extraction and development of Afghanistan’s mines and said Japan is interested to invest in Afghanistan mining sector.