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Foreign Minister Spanta Travels to Japan for JCMB Talks

Foreign Minister Dr. Rangeen Dadfar Spanta traveled to Japan on February 4 for talks ahead of a two-day meeting of the Afghanistan Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board, an international committee that oversees implementation of reconstruction plans. Delegates from 24 countries and international organizations will take part in and to hold discussions on the topics of security and economic development. Japan "is hosting the meeting to re-confirm the commitment of the international community to assist Afghanistan," a foreign ministry statement said.

Foreign Minister Spanta met separately with Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura to discuss Japan’s contributions to Afghanistan's rebuilding efforts, particularly its support to Kabul's police force and counter narcotics security force. Tokyo has pledged more than 140 billion yen to help Afghanistan, and recently restarted a naval mission in the Indian Ocean supporting the international security forces operating in Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister Spanta expressed appreciation for Japan's resumption of its refueling mission during his meeting with Prime Minister Fukuda, while Prime Minister Fukuda vowed to continue Japan's support for Afghanistan's reconstruction. The Prime Minister reiterated Japan's willingness to support Afghanistan’s reconstruction as chair of the Group of Eight summit later this year.

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