Afghan ambassador to Japan asks for international help

The Afghan Ambassador to Japan called on the international community to support the Afghan people, who are facing poverty and famine.

Shaida Mohammad Abdali was speaking in an interview with NHK.

Monday marks a year since the Taliban regained power in Afghanistan, amid the withdrawal of US forces from the country.

Abdali became ambassador to Japan in the spring of last year after serving in several key posts under the previous government. He remained in office even after the Taliban returned to power last August.

Abdali pointed out that the country’s 20-year efforts after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States were in vain with the collapse of the previous government. He said Afghanistan has obviously changed a lot.

He said the level of poverty has increased since last year and people are starving. The ambassador stressed that Afghanistan needs the commitment of the international community, especially to deal with the situation in which the population finds itself.

On the possibility of a return of international terrorism, he warned that the disengagement of the international community would increase the likelihood of such a threat.

Abdali revealed that the Afghan Embassy in Tokyo does not currently receive any financial support from the Taliban.