ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan has reaffirmed Pakistan’s strong desire to further deepen and broaden bilateral cooperation with Japan in the economic, trade, development, and investment sectors.
In a meeting with the outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Kuninori Matsuda who met him in Islamabad on Monday, the prime minister congratulated him on the successful completion of his tenure in Pakistan and conveyed best wishes for future assignments.
The Japanese ambassador thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan 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.
Imran Khan underscored the high importance Pakistan attached to its relationship with Japan, which was embedded in mutual trust and understanding.
In the regional context, the prime minister underscored Pakistan’s vital interest in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.
The prime minister 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.
Imran Khan also underlined the importance of national reconciliation and an inclusive political structure.
The Japanese ambassador 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 Government of Pakistan for the facilitation of the evacuation of Japanese nationals and others from Afghanistan.
Ambassador Kuninori Matsuda also highlighted the Memorandum of Understanding (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.
It was emphasized to re-double efforts to realize the benefits of the MoU.
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.