Abbasi invites Japanese cooperation in all fields

Staff Report
Friday - January 5, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono, who is on a visit to Pakistan, called on prime minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday, whereat Abbasi appreciating Japan’s role in the socio-economic development of Pakistan, stressed on further strengthening cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, infrastructure development and human resources development; an official statement said.

According to detail, welcoming Kono and his delegation, PM stated that the government and people of Pakistan have deep warmth and affection for the people of Japan. Pakistan, therefore, attaches great importance to its relations with Japan and is keen to enhance cooperation in all areas.

Abbasi expressed satisfaction over the renewed Japanese investors’ interest in Pakistan and noted that there were enormous opportunities, available in Pakistan in the wake of sustained economic turn around and improved security environment.

He recalled the latest Japan external trade organisation (JETRO) survey on “Japanese business in Asia” that has declared Pakistan as the leading country in regard to positive sale profits and future business expansion.

PM noted that this is a good indicator of how the two countries can mutually benefit through expanded business cooperation. He welcomed Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s statement on Japan’s readiness to work with other countries in developing infrastructure projects and in availing business opportunities across Asia.

Kono thanked Abbasi for the warm welcome and conveyed the good wishes of Japanese PM Abe to Abbasi. He stated that Japan, as a friend, will continue to work with Pakistan for further strengthening the bilateral relations.

Appreciating the role being played by Pakistan in fighting terrorism and extremism, Kono stated that Japan acknowledges the immense sacrifices made by Pakistan to root out terrorism and extremism from the region.

PM Abbasi underscored Pakistan’s continued commitment to fight this twin menace.

He reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to the promotion of peace and stability in the region and shared with Kono various initiatives taken by Pakistan to reach out to its neighbours.

Abbasi stressed that aggressive escalatory tactics being used by India in shunning dialogue and engagements with Pakistan and blatant human rights’ violations against innocent Kashmiri civilians in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) will not help the prospects of peace and stability in South Asia.