Takashi Okada, the new ambassador of Japan to Afghanistan, says there is a need for a reduction in violence and a ceasefire in Afghanistan as the level of violence in the country remains too high.
“Japan urges all parties to reduce the level of violence and then come to an agreement on a ceasefire. It is quite clear that violence will not lead to the solution. Negotiation is the only way, and I hope that the Afghan people will come to a successful conclusion,” the Japanese envoy told TOLOnews.
He said that achieving a political settlement will not be an easy task, but it is the only option to end violence in Afghanistan.
On the recent conference on Afghanistan in Geneva, the Japanese envoy said: “The international community was committed in support of Afghanistan, but it is not a one-way commitment, it was a two-way commitment.”
Okada said that the Afghan government’s efforts against the endemic corruption will be important for the donors and that the anti-corruption commission should be given enough authority to combat the trend effectively.
“I hope that the commission will be allocated necessary funds and power so that the commission can carry out its responsibilities which is extremely important for Afghanistan,” he said.
Japan is one of the largest donors to Afghanistan. Since 2001, Japan has provided $6.8 billion to Afghanistan.
“Japan will continue to support Afghanistan in the variety of areas starting from agriculture, education, health, human resource development as well as in the area of security,” he said.
The Japanese envoy said that his country will continue providing $180 million in financial assistance to Afghanistan till 2024.