H.E Mr. Takashi Kurai, the newly appointed Ambassador of Japan paid his first courtesy call on Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs today in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Welcoming Ambassador Kurai on his appointment as Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Fatemi expressed the confidence that the Ambassador would impart a new vigour to the existing level of bilateral relations between the two countries in all fields, including trade, investment, energy, health and education etc.

The SAPM briefed the Japanese Envoy on the ongoing socio-economic development projects in Pakistan. The issues of mutual interest as well as recent developments in Afghanistan, India and the region also came under discussion during the meeting. Mr. Fatemi appreciated Japan’s continued support to Pakistan in infrastructure and development projects. The SAPM availed of the opportunity to express Pakistan’s deep condolences on the recent earthquake in Kumamoto and hoped that the resilient people of Japan would soon overcome its devastating effects. At the end, the Special Assistant expressed his best wishes for the Ambassador for a fruitful and mutually beneficial stay in Pakistan.

The Ambassador expressed confidence in the level of collaboration between the two countries and reaffirmed his commitment to continue working to further strengthen the bilateral ties. He said that the growth of the Pakistani economy in the recent years had attracted a lot of interest, and many Japanese companies were looking at the investment opportunities in the country. He briefed the SAPM on various developmental projects that were being planned and executed by the Japanese government. The Ambassador also highlighted the importance of high-level bilateral meetings between the two countries, and said that he would be working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to plan visits at the highest level in the course of the year.

Islamabad
May 04, 2016

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