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Yasir Abdalla Abdelsalam Ahmed

Embassy of the Republic of Sudan

Date of birth: July 3, 1961

Hometown: Wad Madani, Sudan

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 3 (as of March 2018)

Yasir Abdalla Abdelsalam Ahmed
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

I would do injustice to Japan if I presuppose that my first encounter was when I first arrived to assume my duties in 2015. There are always memories of Akira Kurosawa, the economic miracle that is Japan and an endless list of fascinating things to cherish and praise. On a personal level, an unforgettable encounter was that I received proper medical attention in a Japanese-built hospital in the 1970s.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

I share Malcolm X's conviction that “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” The crux of the matter is to plan well beforehand. I give special attention to planning as a crucial component in conducting diplomacy. The same applies to my personal life.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

It would be difficult to identify one achievement in my career, but I can assume that, through the accumulation of 30 years of diplomatic experience, I started to recognize my priorities with much more ease and confidence. I am becoming more aware of how to maximize benefits and preserve my country's national interests while respecting other's cultures, beliefs and interests.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

My ultimate goal is to establish a strategic partnership between Sudan and Japan. This should be done gradually and patiently, augmented by confidence and speedy responses. I strongly believe that the two countries have a unique opportunity to build such a partnership by blending the untapped resources of Sudan with the technological advancements of Japan, hence creating a perfect formula of vigorous and sustainable cooperation.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

Follow the traditional wisdom — when you are in Rome, do as the Romans do. I advise you to enjoy eating Japanese food, learn the language and intermingle with people. The rest will be done by Japanese themselves; they will teach you the virtues of being punctual, humble, respectful, responsible and polite.

Last updated: May 9, 2018