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Japanese FM meets Afghan President Karzai

01-12-2012 14:09 BJT

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Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba has met Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul during a surprise one day visit to the country. Their talks focused on Japan’s support for sustainable development in Afghanistan.

Gemba’s visit was a precursor to a ministerial conference on Afghanistan set to be held in Tokyo in July. The Tokyo conference aims to consolidate plans for continuing engagement in Afghanistan beyond the 2014 withdrawal of international troops.

Karzai has reportedly agreed to attend the conference. Since 2009, Japan has contributed around 1.75 billion US dollars in aid to Afghanistan, and has pledged up to 5 billion US dollars by the end of 2012.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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