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Afghan Ambassador to Japan Eklil Ahmad Hakimi expressed hope Tuesday that Japan will offer vocational training and job opportunities as part of new assistance measures for his war-torn state.

While welcoming Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada’s recent surprise visit to Kabul, during which he pledged to enhance assistance to Afghanistan, the ambassador played down the impact of Tokyo’s planned termination of its Indian Ocean refueling mission in support of U.S.-led antiterrorism operations in and around his country.

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