Appreciation Lunch with Mr. Katsuhiko Takahashi Director-General, and Mr. Koicihi Hatanaka

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November 07, 2019: Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Najibullah Safi had the honor and pleasure of joining His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Bashir Mohabbat in a lunch with longtime friends of Afghanistan H.E. Mr. Katsuhiko Takahashi and Mr. Koichi Hatanaka. H.E. Mr. Takahashi is Director-General and Assistant Minister for the Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau as well as Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan of MOFA Japan at the MOFA Headquarters in Tokyo. Mr. Hatanaka is the Assistant Director for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan’s Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau’s Second Middle East Division.

E. Ambassador Dr. Mohabbat expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on behalf of the country of Afghanistan. With H.E. Mr. Takahashi and Mr. Koichi Hatanaka’s guidance, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy was able to coordinate a successful Official Visit by H.E. President Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to Japan last month for the Enthronment Ceremony of His Imperial Highness the Emperor of Japan. Further thanks were given for coordinating a successful meeting between H.E. Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and H.E. Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe. In return, H.E. Mr. Takahashi thanked H.E. Ambassador Dr. Mohabbat and Mr. Najibullah Safi for making the time to meet with him and Mr. Koichi Hatanaka. H.E. Mr. Takahashi expressed confidence that Japan and Afghanistan would continue to have a firm and friendly relationship well into the future.

Mr. Najibullah Safi was please with the opportunity to enjoy lunch with such esteemed friends of Afghanistan, and anticipates their next meeting.