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Motegi calls for Qatar’s cooperation in evacuating Japanese nationals and local staff from Afghanistan

  • September 24, 2021
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NHK reported early this morning that Foreign Minister Motegi, who is currently visiting New York, held talks with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani early Friday morning Japan time. According to the network, the two ministers exchanged views on Afghanistan in light of the fact that Qatar has been building relations with the Taliban that regained control of Afghanistan. Motegi reportedly expressed his appreciation for the support extended by the government of Qatar in evacuating one Japanese national from Afghanistan and said he “highly values the role played by Qatar, including ensuring safe departure for foreign nationals and others and temporarily accepting Afghan people.” Motegi reportedly called for continued cooperation in swiftly evacuating the Japanese nationals and local staff members of the Japanese Embassy who are still in Afghanistan. The Qatari foreign minister reportedly responded by saying his nation will “cooperate as much as possible.” In addition, the two ministers agreed on the need to closely monitor the actions of the Taliban, including whether they will build an inclusive nation and respect the rights of women, and confirmed close bilateral cooperation on Afghanistan and other issues.

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