Thursday, April 26, 2018

Foreign Minister Rassoul Meets Japanese Counterpart

Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul met with his Japanese counterpart, Foreign Minister Seiji Maehera.

During their meeting, which took place along the sidelines of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, the two sides discussed the situation in Afghanistan, and bilateral and regional cooperation.

At the outset, Foreign Minister Rassoul congratulated Foreign Minister Maehaera on his recent appointment as Japan’s Foreign Minister, and expressed Afghanistan’s gratitude for Japan’s contribution to peace, security and development in the country.

Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul met with his Japanese counterpart, Foreign Minister Seiji Maehera.

Praising Japan’s role in Afghanistan, he noted that was among the countries with the countries with the largest contribution to Afghanistan. He also thanked his counterpart on Japan’s recent additional pledge in the amount of 5 million dollars for Afghanistan’s stabilization. Foreign Minister Rassoul also underscored Afghanistan’s increased capacity for absorption of international assistance.  He said Afghanistan was fully committed to ensuring transparent and effective utilization of international assistance.

The Japanese Foreign Minister reaffirmed his continued commitment for peace and security in Afghanistan.  In that regard, he highlighted Japan’s commitment to the training and salaries of Afghan security forces.  Among other areas of assistance, Japan’s Foreign Minister noted his government’s readiness to helping build Afghanistan’s agricultural sector, pending an improved security environment.

The two sides also discussed the transition to increased Afghanistan responsibility in the areas of security, development and governance.

Foreign Minister Rassoul Arrives in NY for 65th Session of the UNGA

Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul today arrived in New York for a nine-day official visit to participate in the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

During the visit Foreign Minister Rassoul will address the general-debate of the annual UNGA session, which will hear statements from member-states on a number of pressing international and national issues. He will also attend the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), convened to review progress towards meeting the MDG’s, which include reduction of poverty, combating diseases and promoting health and education.

Foreign Minister Rassoul is also scheduled to meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, as well as numerous Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

Foreign Minister Rassoul will also take part in a number of foreign ministerial meetings, including the annual gatherings of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), South-Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), and the Afghanistan-Pakistan-Tajikistan-Russia Quadrilateral for enhance regional cooperation.

65th General Assembly Opens under Swiss Presidency

Today the 65th session of the General Assembly opened under the Presidency of Switzerland.

This year marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of the United Nations, and the General Assembly will face a heavy agenda including a high-level meeting on the Millennium Development Goals, the ongoing review of the Human Rights Council, and a third year of intergovernmental negotiations on Security Council reform.

General Assembly Opens 65th Session A wide view of the General Assembly during the first meeting of its sixty-fifth session under the presidency of Joseph Deiss (on screens).

The President of the General Assembly is H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss of Switzerland, a career Swiss politician who has previously held high-level positions including President of the Swiss Confederation, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Economic Minister, in addition to a period as a Member of Parliament. In his first statement, officially opening the 65th session of the General Assembly, President Deiss emphasized his faith in the United Nations and the General Assembly, and stressed that the United Nations Charter gives the General Assembly a central role as “the pre-eminent forum for global debate.” He outlined an ambitious set of goals, including the achievement of the MDGs; returning the United Nations to its rightful place at the center of global governance; and the promotion of sustainable development  (click here for the complete text of the opening statement).

Afghanistan, represented by Ambassador Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will serve as a Vice President of the 65th GA. This is the second time that Ambassador Tanin will play this role; he previously served as Vice President of the 63rd GA from 2008-2009.

Permanent Mission of Afghanistan