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Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif received today Mr. Taro Kimura, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Japan, who undertook a day long visit to Pakistan on the personal instructions of Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe to deliver a letter to the Prime Minister. The letter felicitates the Prime Minister on his assumption of office and affirms the desire of the Japanese side to further strengthen and expand bilateral relations and cooperation, noting that rejuvenating their respective economies is a priority for both Prime Ministers. The visiting dignitary apprised the Prime Minister of various areas in which Japan is cooperating with Pakistan and shared the initiatives that were under consideration.

The Prime Minister deeply appreciated the gesture and thanked Prime Minister Abe for support to his efforts to tackle fiscal consolidation and the social reform in Pakistan. The Prime Minister shared with Mr. Kimura his government’s priorities of addressing the energy crisis, reviving Pakistan’s economy, providing transparent and efficient governance, improving the law and order situation and dealing with the threat of terrorism.

Pakistan and Japan enjoy close and cordial relations which have been consolidated over decades. Japan is Pakistan’s valuable development and trade partner. There is a vast potential in every field of common interest. The high level exchanges provide impetus to this relationship.

21 August 2013

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