A signing ceremony was held today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, marking the inauguration of “The Project for Strengthening Security in Kabul International Airport.”
This project which is worth approximately US$ 43 million, is to expand and renovate the airport facilities including the international terminal and to provide equipment such a x-ray and metal detectors and buses, thus facilitating security checks and alleviating congestion in the airport.
The signing ceremony was attended by H.E. Mr Zarar Ahmad Osmani , Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan to Kabul.
To date, the Government of Japan has provided assistance equivalent to over US$ 100 million to the Kabul International Airport, including the construction of its International terminal and the installation of solar panels.
Before signing the agreement, Mr. Osmani Said, “the assistance of Japanese Government as the second largest donor country to Afghanistan’s reconstruction is based on friendly relationship and generous assistance of this country in the areas of health, reconstruction of infrastructures, education, capacity building and culture to Afghanistan. This country has also supported our country in ensuring security, reintegration through professional training programs and employment opportunities. It will be worthwhile to continue this assistance for sustainable development and pave the way for self-empowerment of Afghanistan.”
Ambassador Takahashi stated that “the Kabul International Airport is the aerial gateway to Afghanistan from the world and our funding for this airport is a symbol of the friendship expressed by the people of Japan towards the people of Afghanistan. Japan will continue its support to the Kabul International Airport to improve its facilities and functions. We hope that the Government of Afghanistan would address various challenges it faces during the transition period.”
It is worth mentioning that since 2001, the Japanese government has provided approximately US$ 5 billion in assistance to Afghanistan.
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