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TOKYO: The Japanese ambassador to Afghanistan, Takashi Okada, urged Taliban leaders at a meeting in Kabul to ensure the safety of Japanese nationals and the embassy’s local staff and realize the quick and safe passage of those who wish to leave the country.
During an unannounced visit to Kabul from Jan. 17 to 24, ambassador Okada held talks with senior Taliban leaders, including Maulawi Abdul Salam Hanafi, and made observations of the situation on the ground, the foreign ministry in Tokyo said.
Okada explained Japan’s humanitarian assistance through international organizations and urged the Taliban to respect the rights of all Afghan people, including women and minorities, build an inclusive political system, and prevent Afghanistan from becoming a hotbed for terrorism, among other issues.
According to the ministry, the Taliban side expressed their gratitude toward the humanitarian assistance from Japan and explained their stance that the Taliban will address requirements from the international community.
The ministry said Japan will continue to make utmost efforts to secure the safety of Japanese nationals and local staff, provide the necessary support for their departure, and continue to engage with the Taliban to contribute to the stabilization of Afghanistan.