Japan seeks counter terrorism cooperation

Staff Report
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
ISLAMABAD: A Japanese delegation led by ambassador in-charge of international cooperation for countering terrorism Eiji Yamamoto along with Japanese ambassador Takashi Kurai met national security adviser (NSA) Nasser Khan Janjua on Tuesday, whereat matters pertaining to regional security and counter terrorism cooperation between the two countries was discussed; an official statement said.

NSA briefed the delegation on regional security situation with a particular reference to role of Pakistan in fighting the terrorism.

The guests were fully briefed as to how Pakistani nation stood in unison to fight the menace of terrorism.

Achievements against terrorism and sacrifices made by the armed forces, intelligence agencies, law enforcement agencies and people were adequately highlighted.

The envoy acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism.

‘‘We are very impressed by the progress Pakistan has made over the years to fight terrorism. Though our experience in this field is limited but we can help by extending technical expertise as Japan is always ready to cooperate to address the issue of terrorism,” Japanese envoy added.

He stressed upon keeping a regular pace of bilateral engagements so that both the countries can have a better and secured future.

Both sides discussed matters of mutual concerns and interests including security issues and agreed to strengthen cooperation by enhancing interaction in future.

Earlier, the third round of Pakistan-Japan counter terrorism consultations was held in the federal capital on Tuesday.

The Pakistan delegation was led by United Nations (UN) special secretary Tasnim Aslam while the Japanese side was led by Yamamoto.

The two sides held in-depth discussions on various aspects of the threat posed by international terrorism and reiterated their resolve to jointly combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Pakistan briefed the Japanese delegation on the improved security situation in the country as a result of the concerted actions by all segments of the society.

The major successes achieved in the fight against terrorism through operations like zarb-e-azb (ZeA) and radd-ul-fasaad (RuF) as well as implementation of national action plan (NAP) were highlighted.

The Japanese side, while reaffirming its solidarity with the victims of terrorist attacks and recognising the sacrifices and successes of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism, expressed support for Pakistan's continuing efforts in this regard.

Both sides exchanged views on the threat posed by Da'esh in the Middle East and other parts of the world.

The two sides agreed to explore further avenues for promoting bilateral cooperation on countering-terrorism. The discussions were held in a cordial and frank manner. Both parties agreed to continue this dialogue in the future.