|Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan Takashi Okada holds talks with Abdul Ghani Baradar, a deputy prime minister in the Taliban's interim government in Afghanistan, in Kabul on Wednesday. (Photo by=TWITTER / VIA KYODO)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] ISLAMABAD: A deputy prime minister of the Taliban's interim government in Afghanistan called on Japan's ambassador to reopen the country's embassy in Kabul when the two met in the capital of the war-torn nation on Wednesday, Kyodo reported.
The request was made when Abdul Ghani Baradar met Ambassador Takashi Okada, the Taliban said. Japan temporarily closed its embassy in Kabul on Aug. 15, the day the Taliban took effective control of the country as the United States prepared to withdraw its forces. The Taliban added that Okada conveyed Tokyo's intention to reopen its embassy if safety is assured when he met Abdul Kabir, another deputy prime minister who is in charge of political affairs, on Tuesday. A senior Japanese Foreign Ministry official said the government mulls an option of resuming the embassy's functions with only local staff, but the timing of the resumption "needs to be coordinated with other countries."
Japan evacuated its embassy staff from Afghanistan and moved diplomatic operations to the Qatari capital Doha. Regarding whether the Japanese government will recognize the Taliban government, Matsuno declined to comment, saying the situation in Afghanistan "remains fluid." The Japanese Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that Okada took a four-day trip to Kabul from Sunday to meet senior Taliban officials including Baradar.