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FM Motegi to visit Middle East amid Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan

  • August 15, 2021
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Sunday’s Nikkei highlighted Foreign Minister Motegi’s ten-day Middle East tour that began on Aug. 15, saying that he plans to underscore when meeting with his counterparts the importance of human rights, the rule of law, and democracy at a time when the Taliban’s resurgence in Afghanistan triggered by the U.S. military drawdown may endanger regional stability. Japan is reportedly afraid that the U.S. withdrawal will generate a “power vacuum” and allow the Middle East to become a hotbed of international terrorism again. Motegi is expected to offer Tokyo’s support for ensuring the stability of the region, which is critical for Japan’s energy security.

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