Japanese Ambassador Louds Pakistan’s role for peace, stability in the region, including Afghanistan

Pakistan, Afghanistan build consensus for further deliberations on APTTCA


Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Kuninori Matsuda, called on Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi today. During the meeting, all aspects of bilateral relations were discussed including political, economic, cultural, trade and investment,and regional connectivity, with particular emphasis on religious tourism. The exchange of views also covered COVID-19 situation and regional developments.

Expressing satisfaction over the excellent Pakistan-Japan bilateral relations, the Foreign Minister appreciated the support provided by the government of Japan for infrastructural and institutional development in Pakistan.

Recalling his last visit to Japan, the Foreign Minister highlighted his fruitful engagement and interactions with the Japanese leadership. Emphasizing the importance of high-level exchanges between the two countries, the Foreign Minister expressed the hope that new Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi would be able to visit Pakistan once the COVID situation improves.

Mentioning that Pakistan and Japan will be jointly celebrating 70 years of establishment of diplomatic relations in the year 2022, the Foreign Minister informed that special events and conferences will be held to commemorate the milestone. The Foreign Minister also emphasized the need to revisit the travel advisory for Pakistan for boosting bilateral trade and tourism.

Ambassador Matsuda appreciated Pakistan’s supportive and facilitative role in the Afghan peace process. He especially thanked the Foreign Minister for efforts in further enhancing Pakistan-Japan relations. on the other hands, Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to continue discussions and exchange of views on the Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority (APTTCA).

According to joint statement issued by Ministry of Commerce after APTTCA meeting in Islamabad, the two sides held detailed discussions for the revision of APTTA in constructive and positive spirit in meeting held in Islamabad.

The constructive discussions were also held on Preferential Trade Agreement and proposed sustenance markets while a MoU on Railway cooperation was also discussed.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have discussed ways to enhance bilateral trade and cooperation through ports.

According to press release, the discussion took place in meeting between the Minister for Commerce and Industry of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Nisar Ahmad and Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi in Islamabad.

They reaffirmed developing strong ties between the two brotherly countries.

The Afghanistan minister expressed keen interest in utilizing Gwadar Port while Ali Zaidi spoke about Pakistan’s desire to access the Central Asian markets via Afghanistan.












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