Prime Minister Imran Khan has reaffirmed Pakistan’s strong desire to further broaden bilateral cooperation with Japan in the economic, trade and investment sectors.
Talking to Japanese Ambassador Kuninori Matsuda on Monday, the prime minister underscored the high importance Pakistan attaches to its relationship with Japan. In the regional context, the prime minister underscored Pakistan’s vital interest in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.
He stressed that the international community must remain positively engaged with the new Afghan administration, provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance, and take steps to prevent economic collapse including through release of Afghanistan’s frozen assets.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also underlined the importance of national reconciliation and an inclusive political structure.
The prime minister also congratulated the official on the successful completion of his tenure in the country.
The ambassador thanked the premier for addressing a letter to the new Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida and recalled the prime minister’s engagement with the Japanese dignitaries on various issues. He thanked the prime minister for his strong leadership in further solidifying Pakistan’s relations with Japan and in support of peace and stability in the region and beyond.
The ambassador also conveyed profound thanks to the Pakistani government for facilitating the evacuation of Japanese nationals and others from Afghanistan.
Matsuda also highlighted the MoU signed between the two sides on the export of manpower from Pakistan to Japan under the Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP) and Specified Skilled Workers (SSW) Programme. “The year 2022 will mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Japan. The two sides envisage the celebration of this milestone in a befitting manner,” the statement added.