By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani awarded the state medal of Ghazi Mir Masjidi Khan to Mitsuji Suzuka, Ambassador of Japan to Afghanistan in a farewell meeting here yesterday morning at the Presidential Palace, a statement said.
President Ghani praised the outgoing ambassador for his efforts in further deepening and strengthening bilateral ties between Afghanistan and Japan, saying Afghanistan was unhappy that a friend was leaving, but is delighted that the country’s new ambassador is taking office, the presidential press office statement added.
The president said the Afghan and Japanese nations will never forget the unfortunate incident of Dr. Nakamura’s assassination.
President Ghani underscored that efforts are underway in Afghanistan to accomplish the projects of which Dr. Nakmura had laid their foundation and lauded his family’s support that reflects enduing friendship between Afghans and Japanese, the statement added.
The president praised the wise management of Ambassador Suzuka enabling the two countries to further consolidate their mutual ties. He expressed gratitude to Japan for implementation of vital projects in the country and said Afghanistan continues to expand its friendly relations with the incoming Japanese ambassador.
Ambassador Mitsuji Suzuka extended gratitude to the President for awarding him with the prestigious state medal and said his country would continue its deep-rooted relations with Afghanistan and is committed to accomplish the projects initiated by Late Dr. Nakamura, according to the statement.