Japan, UN assure Afghanistan of continued assistance
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Japanese ambassador has promised Afghanistancontinued support, with a new UN representative announcing strengthened relations with the country.
The diplomats met President Ashraf Ghani at his office here on Tuesday.Ghani thanked Japan for its cooperation in urban and agriculture development, reconstruction of the Kabul airport and providing scholarships to Afghan students.
Ghani claimed his government had made significant headway, particularly in urban development and reforms in the municipality. The creation of Capital the Development Zone had accelerated urban development, he said.
Ghani said the first industrial park would be created in the Barik Aab area of Kabul in the near future.The president hoped Japan would continue its cooperation with Afghanistan, particularly in urban development and agriculture areas.
“A meeting will be held soon on technical cooperation between the Ministry of Urban Development, Capital Development Zone, Kabul municipality and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),” he said.
AmbassadorHiroshi Takahashisaid Afghan studentsin Japan could be a tool of development for Afghanistan.He assured the president of continuing scholarship facilities for the Afghan students.
The president also met UN’s Special Representative Nicholas Haysom, whose tenure has come to an end.Ghani praised Haysom for supporting Afghanistan.For his part, the outgoing diplomat expressed his gratitude to the Afghan government and people for support of Afghans.
Tadamichi Yamamoto, UNAMA’s new head who was also present, was welcomed by Ghani, who said the Afghan government would support him in his task.Yamamoto said he would try to expand cooperative relations with Afghanistan.
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