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(2011-01-11)

The third round of Pakistan-Japan Consultations on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation issues was held in Tokyo on 11 January 2011. The Pakistan delegation was headed by Dr. Irfan Yusuf Shami, Director General, Disarmament, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Makio Miyagawa, Director General, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs led the Japanese side.

The talks were held in a constructive and cordial atmosphere. Both sides exchanged views on the current developments in the area of disarmament and non-proliferation as well as matters pertaining to regional and global security. The Pakistan side underscored the need for maintaining strategic and conventional stability in South Asia as well as non-discriminatory access to peaceful uses of nuclear technology for its economic development.

Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to promote the goals of non-proliferation and work as partners in this regard. They also reiterated the importance they attached to their bilateral relations. The Pakistan side emphasized that it sought a forward-looking and meaningful engagement in these areas.

It may be recalled that during the visit of the Japanese Prime Minister to Pakistan in April 2005, both sides had agreed to hold regular bilateral consultations on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation issues in the context of Japan – Pakistan Security Dialogue. Both sides agreed to extend the scope of the Security Dialogue during the visit of the Japanese Foreign Minister to Pakistan in January 2006 by constituting two senior expert level working groups; one on counter-terrorism issues and the other on disarmament, non-proliferation, dual-use technology, the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, nuclear safety and space technology.

Islamabad
11 January 2011

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