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Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan visited Kabul in January

  • January 26, 2022
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On Jan. 25, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan Okada Takashi visited Kabul on Jan. 17-24 (local time). Afghanistan is under the control of the Taliban. According to the MOFA announcement, Okada met with senior members of the Taliban while in Kabul.

 

This was the first time Okada entered Kabul since November 2021. MOFA disclosed that Okada held talks with Maulawi Abdul Salam Hanafi, a senior member of Taliban interim administration, and reportedly urged him to ensure the safety of Japanese nationals and local staff, to allow the quick and safe passage of those who wish to leave the country, and to respect the rights of all Afghans, including women and minorities.

 

The Japanese Embassy in Kabul has been temporarily closed since Taliban took power in August 2021.

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