Bilateral relations are on an upward trajectory: Kono

Staff Report
Friday - January 5, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono, who is on a visit to Pakistan, held bilateral talks with foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Thursday, whereat while noting that the year 2017 marked the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Japan, the two foreign ministers expressed satisfaction that the bilateral relations are on an upward trajectory; an official statement said.

According to detail, they noted that the successful convening of a number of institutional dialogue processes covering a wide range of subjects over the last year clearly reflected the growing breadth and depth of the partnership between Japan and Pakistan, particularly in the economic realm.

They further agreed to maintain the momentum in high level exchanges between the two countries. The two sides exchanged views on the evolving peace and security environment in their respective regions and on international issues of mutual interest.

Asif reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful, stable and secure Afghanistan and support for an Afghan-led and an Afghan-owned reconciliation process.

He underscored the need for sustained commitment from the international community during the transformation phase in Afghanistan and agreed to continue working closely in this regard.

Asif briefed Kono on Pakistan’s efforts to enhance regional connectivity and development including through China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC).

He briefed Kono on Pakistan’s counter terrorism efforts that are targeting all terrorists, irrespective of their origin or orientation. He underscored Pakistan’s continued commitment to fight this twin menace.

Kono expressed appreciation for enormous sacrifices made by the people of Pakistan in this regard and stressed the need for a coordinated international effort in the fight against extremism and terrorism.

The Japanese side was briefed about Indian atrocities and human rights’ violations in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan’s credentials for membership of the nuclear suppliers group (NSG).