ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Japan have agreed to further strengthen mutual cooperation in various fields.
This was agreed during the twelfth round of bilateral political consultations between Pakistan and Japan held today in Islamabad (Friday), according to a press release issued by the foreign affairs office.
The Pakistani side was led by Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, while Deputy Foreign Minister Kenji Kanasugi led the Japanese side.
The talks focused on ways to improve cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, contacts between people, human resources development, science and technology, culture and education.
The Foreign Secretary informed the Japanese side about recent positive developments in Pakistan, including macroeconomic stability, improved credit ratings, improved business climate, improved rankings in the World Bank’s ease of doing business index, the new investment opportunities and tourism potential.
The two sides expressed satisfaction with the intensified level of political commitment, including the visit of Dr. Arif Alvi to Tokyo to attend the enthronement ceremony of His Majesty the Emperor, and expected more exchanges at the highest level.
Opinions were also exchanged on global and regional developments. The Foreign Secretary reported on Pakistan’s strong support for the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
The Foreign Secretary also updated the Japanese side on the negative consequences of the illegal and unilateral actions of India on August 5, 2019, the continuing situation of human and humanitarian rights in Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ and K) occupied by India
In addition, he informed the Japanese side of Pakistan’s perspective of calming tensions in the Middle East / Gulf region and supporting all efforts for a political and diplomatic solution.
Both parties expressed their satisfaction with the current trajectory of bilateral relations and affirmed their commitment to deepen mutual cooperation in various areas.