Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi, the acting foreign affairs minister, met with Takashi Okada, the Japanese ambassador, in the Afghan capital to discuss aid to Afghanistan and the resurrection of the Afghan economy.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, announced in a string of tweets on Sunday, December 11, that the leadership of the ministry visited the Japanese envoy in a constructive meeting.
The Japanese diplomat, according to the ministry’s statement, said that his country is in dialogue with the international community to set the stage for the reconstruction of the Afghan economy.
The Afghan side also lavished the Japanese side with gratitude for the generous assistance of $106 million for Afghanistan and Japan’s “positive diplomatic interactions” with the incumbent regime in Afghanistan, calling it a “roadmap” for the international community.
“Japan will likely commence its duty as a member of the UN Security Council next year and will try to play a good role in the Security Council regarding Afghanistan,” Balkhi wrote on his Twitter handle.
While myriad packages of $40 million and $32 million have reached the Afghan capital from an undisclosed address, Afghanistan yet struggles with a humanitarian crisis that is magnified by unrest, widespread poverty, and perpetual unemployment.
The Japanese ambassador to Afghanistan also pledged that his country will step up the assistance to Afghanistan in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis as the current administration in Afghanistan flounders in ameliorating the situation and aid distribution.
This meeting comes as Japan announced $106 million in aid to Afghanistan after the US Special Representative visited Tokyo, and discussed the humanitarian needs in Afghanistan.